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Trustees Ready to Drop Bid for Bilingual Waiver

March 12, 1998|LESLEY WRIGHT

Buoyed by a recent court ruling, administrators of the Orange Unified School District tonight are prepared to tear up their application for a waiver from state-mandated bilingual education. .

Supt. Robert L. French said he will advise school board members that they can stop worrying about seeking formal release from rules that, until last week, required bilingual instruction for elementary students who are not fluent in English.

Last week, a Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled that because the Legislature had allowed the state's bilingual education law to expire, school districts must teach in native languages only if it is necessary to provide all students with an equal education. Orange Unified has argued that its English immersion program, which began last year, reaches that goal.

The board tonight also is expected to discuss how to handle too many new students at Canyon Rim Elementary School and to take up the issue of developer fees.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at district headquarters, 1401 N. Handy St. Information: (714) 997-6221.

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