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Tahoe Truckee school district could adopt revised English Learner program

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; After months of debate, the school districtand#8217;s English Learner Program is ready to be unveiled.

The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees will review and possibly adopt the revised program and#8212; which includes an updated EL waiver policy and#8212; at its Wednesday meeting.

The EL waiver update requires potential EL students to try English-speaking courses before they are allowed to enroll in the districtand#8217;s EL-specific courses.

and#8220;There will be some good discussion that will take place, and it is fairly controversial,and#8221; said District Superintendent Steve Jennings, saying he looks forward to hearing community feedback to the adjustments and hopes the program will be accepted.

Previously, the district allowed EL parents to waive their children out of English classes and into the bilingual classes without students first trying to fit into English classes, Jennings said in a previous interview, a violation of California proposition 227, a 1998 law requiring all students be taught in English.

The law dictates students first must enroll in the district’s English programs, and if they struggle, they can apply for the waiver to be taught in Spanish.

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At the outset of the school year, in an effort to follow the state law, the district canceled the bilingual education program at Truckee Elementary School, a decision some parents protested in person during the first week of school.

District EL Coordinator Nicole Sayegh, whom the school district hired in November, has helped facilitate the programand#8217;s revisions.

Other aspects of the revisions include how EL student improvement will be monitored and the role of parents within the program.

Jennings said that another hot topic includes the boardand#8217;s potential approval of new technology purchases. According to Wednesdayand#8217;s agenda, a district committee will ask the board to adopt a state-approved technology plan, which would include spending money on lab upgrades and equipment and helping implement innovative classrooms.

The TTUSD board meets 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Sierra Mountain Community Education Center. According to the agenda, the meeting convenes with a pair of workshops before entering a closed session.

The public portion of the meeting is slated to begin at about 5:30 p.m.