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by Andrea, Crescent Park,
on Nov 16, 2006
Last Tuesday a proponent of MI spoke to the board and congratulated himself and the MI proponents for having the good grace not to speak about the Mandarin Immersion proposal at the meetings. He then compared this to the opponents, who seem to be annoying him and others in his group by speaking on the subject, and suggested that they be quiet and wait for the Feasibility Study.
I'm sorry if he's bothered by the opponents taking 3 minutes or so at the board meetings, but the fact is that his group can remain silent because they have an inside track, in that the founder of PACE is in a leadership position in the Feasibility Commitee and has more than enough influence and face time with the school board staff and committees, as well as access to all the data that will be used in the report. Those who oppose MI are not so privileged and are only seeking truth, and to be heard and heeded, even if they can only speak once or twice a month, three minutes at at time. Shushing them by reprimanding them in Open Forum won't make them go away.