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Budget concerns are real, but they do not completely drive the process for what programs stay and which are cut. Last night I was at the West Linn / Wilsonville School Board meeting and a final plea was made from over 20 parents and community members to re-instate the Spanish Immersion classrooms. The budget numbers surrounding the decision to suspend the program were proven to be flawed, the decision process from the board was shown to be rushed and politically based and the Superintendent would not answer questions directed to him from the audience for clarifiication. It was clear that there was an ulterior motive that was driving the decision to cut the Spanish Immersion program.
The community offered several options to help support the classrooms; both in volunteer hours and financially. This fell on deaf ears and the School Board would not consider any of these options. THis was an outrageous travesty. Budget was not the key issue on this matter as cost neutral options were provided yet not considered. Politics are at play and children are being displaced. Teachers are not being displaced because of this program suspension. It is a shame and a disgusting display of politics running the educational futures of our children. WLWV school district is no longer a destination district and the school board and administrators should feel disgraced for their bait and switch actions that hurt our kids.
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