This is my son's school district and I am fuming mad. Beginning this year Kindergarten and 1st Grade will be taught half the day in Spanish, the other half in English, and be taught Hispanic culture. The remainder of the grades will have a different type of Spanish Emersion. (My son is in 6th grade). See what was in the Parent News letter sent home with him below.
By the way his mostly white school has very few Hispanics and those that are speak English. The largest minority is Asian and they are at about 6% of the students.
Dual Language program information: Language of the Day (LOD) is an important component of the Dual Language Model because it places importance on both languages being learned in the class room or school. The use of LOD fosters an awareness of the two language system and promotes a bilingual and biliterate attitude. The entire school community will participate in LOD as much as possible. Non-Spanish speakers may greet classes using “Hola” or “Buenos Dias, Ninos”. Spanish LOD are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. English LOD are Tuesday and Thursday. The Pledge of Allegiance has been translated into Spanish to use on Spanish LOD along with the Pledge in English. Our school Coyote Pledge and Coyote Promise has been translated into Spanish. As our students become more proficient in Spanish we will begin saying these in the correct language according to the LOD. Copies of both translations are also included in our Student/Parent Handbook. Here is the pledge to the Amerian Flag [en Espanol],
This is Washington's Kent School District. I do believe this Duel Language Program is part of Common Core, and I'm sure it is affecting many other districts across the country.