My summary of the report is that if the school district wishes to move forward with foreign language instruction in the elementary schools, the task force is recommending:
1. It start at 3rd grade
2. It be integrated with curriculum through 12th grade
3. That it be FLES, the more intensive form of language exposure, for up to 75 minutes/week. FLEX has been ruled out as an option
4. That the school day be extended for students in order for this program to be added, without taking away from other or exisitng curriculum
5. That approximately $1.1 million be budgeted for this program
There are other aspects of the report, for those who are interested.
The task force appears to have completed this phase of its work, and now awaits the strategic planning process and priority setting that soon will be undertaken. Should the recommendations of the task force lead to FLES becoming a priority in PAUSD, I would conjecture that the task force will take on more duties relating to the successful implementation of this program.
I commend the task force for completing its work in a timely fashion, and writing a report that is clear and straightforward in its recommendation. I personally am very pleased with the recommendation that they have made, but whatever one's point of view on this matter, there is a tangible, specific work product that has come out of this task force that people will be able to use as they develop and refine their points of view around this important question. It will be a useful reference source for informing those involved with the strategic plan.
Good job, everyone, congratulations and thank you.
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