August 26, 2012

Murray, Utah, Students May Get Another Chance at Portuguese


Murray students may get another chance at Portuguese
Education » State Office of Education to try to secure program for 50 students affected by Murray district’s late cancellation
By Melinda Rogers
August 15, 2012

Families left in the lurch when the Murray School District abruptly canceled its Portuguese dual immersion program this month may get another chance to enroll their students for the 2013-14 school year.

The Utah State Office of Education has vowed to try to find a way to offer the program to some of the 50 first-graders who signed up for it at Parkside Elementary School in Murray this year, but were shut out when the district didn’t hire a qualified Portuguese teacher in time. School starts Friday.

Gregg Roberts, world-language specialist and dual language-immersion specialist at the Utah State Office of Education, has told some disappointed families that a Portuguese dual immersion program for second-graders is being developed, said parent Wagner Oliveira. He was among the parents who protested when Murray axed its program two weeks before the start of school.

Three districts have shown interest in hosting such a program, but the details are still being worked out, said Oliveira. He said interested parents have been told they will receive more information later this fall.

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