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Milton School Committee to hear from parents before French immersion vote Wednesday

Posted by Natalie Feulner  October 16, 2012 11:42 AM

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The Milton School Committee has added an extra meeting this week to hear from parents about a proposal to cap enrollment and use a lottery system to decide which students can participate in the district’s popular French immersion program.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the high school auditorium and a vote about the issue is expected to take place Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the regularly scheduled meeting.

Students are enrolled in the 25-year-old program in first grade and do all of their learning in French for the first few years, then slowly add in English as they progress through school.

Interest in the program has grown in recent years and in 2010, two-thirds of families selected French for their first-graders. The district expects to have between 156 and 182 seats for next year’s French program, much more than it is designed to handle, a statement from Superintendent Mary Gormley said.

Natalie Feulner can be reached at natalie.feulner@gmail.com.

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