Live coverage recap: Wednesday night’s Tahoe Truckee school board meeting
July 21, 2010
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; School district officials are expected this week to unveil Truckee Elementary School’s English learner student program and explain the district’s waiver policy for EL students wishing to enroll in it.
According to the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District agenda for Wednesday’s meeting, Truckee Elementary staff, with help from EL parents and district staff, have developed an alternative EL program for the 2010-11 school year designed to help struggling EL students transition to English-only classrooms. The program has been recommended for approval by district staff.
The new program is tailored toward students with limited or no English skills and will targets grades K-2; however, it will be available for grades 3-5 as well.
According to the district, 40 percent of the material will be English language arts and mathematics for Kindergarten students, with the first grade dedicating 33 percent to English and math. As grade levels increase, the percentage of time dedicated to English and Math decreases, with second graders allocating 31 percent of their curriculum to it, and third, fourth and fifth grades dedicating 25 percent, 20 percent and 11 percent of their curriculum, respectively.
The length of the program is dependent upon the number of applicants who enroll in it, staff said.