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Why was WLWV Spanish Immersion deliberately sabotaged by manipulation of the public to create the "perception" problem stated as the reason to cut Spanish Immersion by board chair, Jeff Hallin? Emails and phone calls were made to parents around the district saying that Spanish Immersion would be responsible for 9 teachers losing their jobs after the school board meeting on June 7th. Yet, after Spanish Immersion was retained at the June 7th meeting, NO teachers lost their jobs, class sizes did NOT increase and P.E. was actually INCREASED! Even now after Spanish Immersion has been suspended , the Immersion teachers, the only first year teachers in the district, retained their positions. The board members are fully aware of this, but chose to cave into mob rule of uninformed parents. Now, that the board has all the facts, isn't it their job to change the public "perception" and do what is right?
At last night's board meeting the board stated that they will devise a system for looking at all programs equally. When we then demanded this for Spanish Immersion, we were refused. When a motion was brought forth to hold a study session to get all the facts and look at the program in a fair way, the motion was not seconded.
Why is WLWV the ONLY district that is not supporting immersion programs? It makes no sense to discontinue an over-performing, cost effective program that could actually bring in revenue for the district as other families would move into the disrict to be a part of the immersion program. Now, the immersion parents will be forced to leave the district to seek out immersion programs and take their money with them.
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