I decided to pay a visit to the brand new Dual Language Academy of the Monterey Peninsula -- the best decision ever taken by Monterey Peninsula Unified trustees.
Parents of the dual immersion program at Marshall West had been lobbying for more autonomy and to strengthen the program. They were even thinking about becoming their own charter, and they sought inspiration from folks at the Bay View Academy charter.
In the end, they didn't have to spin off from the district. Administrators saw the wisdom to keep the parents in the district, so now the school remains at MPUSD and could perhaps serve a model for parental participation and enthusiasm.
Their Hispanic Heritage celebration was amazing. Children danced and sang, parents packed the multi-purpose room, and there was a great atmosphere all around. There's a lot of good energy in the school that I hope it's contagious and doesn't wane.
Here's a couple of performances, in case you missed them.