To continue to offer children in our Chapel Hill/Carrboro community the opportunity to obtain the best public education by producing globally competitive students with 21st Century skills, including dual language proficiency, and respect and appreciation for cultural and ideological diversity and differences. Chinese is the most spoken language in the world and should be a key component in the district's plans for educating our students.
Preserve the Chinese DL Program in Chapel Hill/Carrboro
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools started the Chinese Dual Language Program over 10 years ago, standing out as a national public education leader offering the opportunity for any child in the district to apply.
Just weeks ago, a report filled with cultural biases and insufficient data was issued threatening to cancel the program. This announcement was made on the tail end of a recently publicized trip to China by a delegation that included UNC system President Tom Ross. Paul Fulton, a member of the board of Governors and former dean of UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School, was part of the delegation and quoted in the News & Observer saying, "I think it's crucial for our kids to become familiar and comfortable with what's going on over there, because there's a huge opportunity emerging."
Chapel Hill has received national accolades for being a top location to live and do business. In part, the attraction has been the public school system. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System is considered to be one of the best in the nation and also boasts the lowest dropout rate in the state.
Many Chapel Hill/Carrboro citizens and business owners are very proud of the students and young citizens this community produces. Giving our children the best public education possible is a priority and the Chinese Dual Language program has been a beacon of light that has demonstrated a strong commitment to academic achievement beyond the status quo. Eliminating the Chinese program would constitute a major step backward in the district’s goal to produce globally minded, 21st-Century students.
Please sign this petition in support of preserving and expanding the CHCCS Chinese Dual Language program.