A new charter school in Sacramento will teach students in three languages, reports the Sacramento Bee.
Students will be taught in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese by teachers who are native speakers. They will practice by participating in video conferences with students in Beijing, Shanghai and Mexico City.
The program will teach about 120 students from kindergarten through third grade in the North Sacramento School District, where many students come from poor immigrant families. About 83 percent of the district’s students qualify for subsidized lunches, and 39 percent are not fluent in English.
This sounds way too ambitious. With only half the day spent learning in English, there’s a risk students won’t achieve fluency in any language.