Glendale Unified officials did an about-face Tuesday, announcing they would enroll a complete class of German-language kindergarten students at Franklin Elementary School in fall 2012 rather than initiating a drawdown of the program as previously planned.
Speaking to a standing-room only crowd of German program parents at the school Tuesday night, Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan said the district would also create a task force that includes “a selective group of parents…to show that the German program is a viable option.”
The task force will be responsible for studying all facets of the German dual-language immersion program, including enrollment numbers, staffing issues and resource needs, and will report its findings to the school community and Glendale Unified school board in the coming months, Sheehan said.
Many German program parents said they were relieved by the one-year reprieve, and were ready to work hard to ensure the longevity of the program.