THE POWER OF PARENTS: MANSFIELD ISD DROPS ARABIC STUDIES

The Arabic studies classes were changed from being mandatory for fifth and sixth graders and were moved up to the seventh and eighth grade as electives.

[Because of the hue and cry from concerned parents in Mansfield ISD, Mansfield, Texas, the administration was forced to amend its Arabic studies grant application sent to the U. S. Department of Education.  The Arabic studies classes were changed from being mandatory for fifth and sixth graders and were moved up to the seventh and eighth grade as electives.  Consequently, the USDOE refused the amended version; and Mansfield ISD breathed a sigh of relief because they were able to make a graceful exit from their ill-conceived plan.  -- Donna Garner]

District drops Arabic program

Posted Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2011

By Amanda Rogers

arogers@mansfieldnewsmirror.com

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/04/12/2994836/district-drops-arabic-program.html

The Mansfield school district will not be teaching Arabic after all.

On April 5, the district found out that its revised timeline to implement an Arabic studies program was rejected by the Department of Education, said Richie Escovedo, district spokesperson.

“We are stopping all Arabic studies effective immediately,” Escovedo said.

The district had planned to begin the Arabic studies program this semester at Cross Timbers Intermediate School, but decided to delay the program after almost 200 parents showed up at a parents meeting to question the move. Funded by a federal five-year $1.3 million Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant, the program was to then be integrated into the curriculum at Kenneth Davis and T.A. Howard Middle Schools in the fall and later to Summit High School students.

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