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    Glenwood Elementary becomes a bilingual magnet school

    Chapel Hill’s oldest elementary school, Glenwood, will become a magnet school for the English-Mandarin Dual Language Program, as voted by the school board Sept. 20. This decision was controversial and was met with some backlash by the community. Glenwood, opened in 1953, has been a big part of Chapel Hill history. The school was desegregated in the late 1950’s and early 60’s and has evolved into one of the most diverse schools in the area, catalyzed by the introduction of the Mandarin program in 2002. The program has English-speaking students learning Mandarin, and Mandarin-speaking children learning English, allowing for cross-cultural integration from a young age. Throughout the years, a select…

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    Dual Language Controversey

    By Hannah Schanzer On Jan. 17, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board voted  to maintain the Mandarin Chinese program at Glenwood  Elementary school and reassign 76 students outside of the Mandarin program to different schools this coming fall, increasing the controversy about the program’s merit. The Mandarin program was created 11 years ago to teach English to Mandarin-speaking students.  Over time, however, the program has evolved into an immersion program for English-speaking students and it has caused controversy at Glenwood as it has increased in popularity. According to fall statistics, Glenwood Elementary has 513 students, 90 above capacity.  Although it is one of the smallest elementary schools in the district, it…