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Parents upset over possible Spanish program cut

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Parents upset over the possible elimination of a Rockford middle school program confronted the district leaders Monday night.

Rockford Public School administrators announced last week they were considering the elimination of the Spanish immersion program. In a letter to parents, the district's reason for getting rid of the program including the state requirement that the district begin full-day kindergarten and reduced state funding.

Some parents were so upset over the possible elimination that they began an online petition.

Rockford superintendent Mike Shibler held the meeting Monday night because of the questions and concerns surrounding the potential cut.

"I didn't mean to say the board took action, because they haven't," explained Dr. Shibler. "I also want to make it clear the board is considering because of the financial crisis going on with the state."

"Rockford has this incredible school district, and one thing we would point out to people regardless of whether they were interested in Spanish immersion or not, was we've got this program," said one parent. "We've got this program on par with Forest Hills."

Administrators say they will provide a fee-based Spanish after-school program if there's enough interest.

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