Thursday, April 17, 2008

Citizens for Education Choice says teachers oppose immersion change

Published Thursday April 17th, 2008; Daily Gleaner
Appeared on page A4

Citizens for Education Choice says more discussion is needed before early French immersion is eliminated this fall.

Group spokesman Rob Hoadley said the group has been contacted by teachers opposed to the idea of switching from early immersion to an intensive French program.

He said the decision didn't give adequate time for teachers and parents to absorb the proposed changes and voice their opinions.

"We ask that the New Brunswick Teachers Association and the Department of Education reopen the consultation process before rolling out these changes," Hoadley said. "Teachers were surveyed about intensive French, but not told until later about the elimination of early immersion. They were not properly consulted."

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