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Hart district Hebrew school is a good idea

Posted: February 1, 2010 3:55 p.m.
Updated: February 2, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Regarding "Hebrew school put on hold" (The Signal, Jan. 21):

The William S. Hart Union High School District board should not have postponed the vote on a new Hebrew-language charter school because of claims that the school would teach religion.

I don't know why former board member Dennis King is convinced it is a religious school - the academy's Web site clearly states it will be non-sectarian in its admissions, programs, employment and all other operations.

My children received an excellent education in the Hart district, with the exception of its foreign language program which, like most California public schools, offers only Spanish and French.

By comparison, the public school I attended in the Northeast also offers German, Latin and Italian. Closer to home, the Culver City School District has a very popular Japanese language program that attracts an ethnically diverse student body and has a waiting list each year.

A charter school offering Greek, Latin and Arabic, in addition to Hebrew, will be a valuable asset to the Santa Clarita Valley.

The Hart district will have the distinction of providing a unique academic program not available in public schools anywhere else in the state of California.

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