Federal government cuts immersion program grants

(KTSF by Jo Wan)

3. Federal government cuts immersion program grants

International Day is the biggest PTA event of the year for College Park Elementary School . Families bring a dish to donate from their native country, they bid on gift baskets and other donated items in the silent auction. Their goal was to raise $15,000 on this particular day. For several years, College Park had federal funding from the Congress to help develop the Chinese program. Last year, the federal government cut funding, so the parents needed to raise almost $300,000 a year to replace the funding shortfall. Parents and community members formed a non-profit organization to support Mandarin language education and promote Chinese culture and art in San Mateo County .

Parents of the Claire Lilienthal Alternative School also established a corporation, the San Francisco Korean Immersion Education Alliance, about three years ago when they saw a financial shortfall. They hope to keep the immersion program not only to support K-5 program but to expand it all the way through middle school.

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This project is a collaboration of New America Media (the nation’s first and largest network of ethnic news services–if you wan to add), San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com and KTSF Television (a local Asian-language station–if you want to add). We launched the project with the idea that telling each other our stories would encourage communities to talk about common goals.

KTSF will air the stories from Monday, July 2nd through Wednesday, July 4th in the Chinese language, live newscasts at 7pm and 10pm. The stories are also available on the KTSF website. The story will be published in San Francisco Chronicle’s Sunday Insight section and posted on SFGATE.com on July 2nd. New America Media will also publish the story in English and Chinese, along with a short video, on July 1st.

To read the story on SFGate.com, please visit:

http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/S-F-parents-opt-for-language-immersion-for-kids-3673897.php

To view the video or read the story in Chinese on New America Media, please visit:

http://newamericamedia.org/2012/07/sf-korean-immersion.php

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