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Cover Story - January 24, 2007

Immersed in debate

Proposal to add Mandarin-language immersion program to Palo Alto school district pits 'neighborhood schools' model against 'choice' programs

by Alexandria Rocha

One night last spring, the fluorescent lights in the Palo Alto school district board room glowed well passed midnight. More than a dozen parents shifted tiredly in their seats while the five-member board debated what would later become one of the most divisive proposals to hit the district in a while: Mandarin immersion.

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