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Parents look to keep Dual Immersion Program at Sunset Elementary School

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A Fresno Unified school teaching kids to be bilingual is now accepting neighborhood students for an English speaking program. Some concerned parents made sure their voices were heard.

Upset parents showed up at the Sunset Elementary cafeteria on Wednesday night. They are concerned about what the plan will do to their children's current dual immersion program.

The dual immersion curriculum is a seven-year commitment with children speaking 90-percent Spanish and 10-percent English starting in Kindergarten. They eventually speak a 50-50 mix of the languages, by sixth grade.

Parents are worried that more English-only classes offered at Sunset could mean less dual immersion in the long run.
"Our kids are learning in English and Spanish at the same time. We don't see a problem with having at least one school being 100 percent dual immersion. We have plenty of schools that are 100 percent English only," said Jason Jordan, parent.

The proposal now heads to the Fresno Unified School district board for discussion Wednesday, February 24th.

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