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Parental Pressure Prompts Spanish Immersion Program In Prince George's

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An effort by two mothers in Prince George's County to urge the school system to offer Spanish immersion classes for elementary students is starting to show results.

Delores Millhouse of Bowie and Gina Bowler of Upper Marlboro have spent months pressing county leaders to add a Spanish immersion program to its offerings. On their own time, the pair visited schools, made dozens of phone call and at times, cornered education officials after late-night board meetings.

Now school chief Kevin Maxwell is recommending three schools begin a Spanish immersion program beginning next year, and school board members are supporting the plan.

Christian Rhodes, the education adviser to County Executive Rushern Baker, says both moms are the kind of tenacious advocates the county needs to help elevate parent engagement for critical school issues.

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