MCPS trustees unanimously agree to end Spanish immersion at Paxson

Paxson Elementary School’s Spanish immersion program will diminish, Missoula County Public Schools trustees unanimously decided on Tuesday.

Next year, Paxson will not operate in the immersion model where subjects like science and social studies are taught in Spanish. The school will still offer a Spanish language class for students of all ages next year.

The contentious issue dominated public comment during the last three board meetings and poured over into a community meeting held at the Paxson gym on June 1. Pages of public comment from parents, Paxson staff and other community members also flooded the trustees’ inboxes ahead of their decision.

“We believe in second-language acquisition,” Paxson principal Julie Robitaille said at the meeting. “We believe that all kids benefit from Spanish and learning a second language. It just can’t come at the cost of everything else associated with being part of a larger district and a neighborhood school.”

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Conversations about moving away from the immersion model began earlier this year when Paxson staff asked administrators to review the dual-language immersion program. The district opened a committee process only to Paxson staff to discuss the benefits and challenges of the

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