So all in all, it sounds like PAUSD is barreling ahead with a program that appeals to a very tiny percentage of the population - something less than 8%. Would that be more like 5% 4%, 3%, 2%? It would be interesting to know how many have declined their spots and how far down the waiting list they’ve gone so far… Even at 8%, these numbers prove that PAUSD is catering to the specialized desires of a few with this program. I wonder if PAUSD is so well off that they can design specialized curriculum around each 8% slice of the population, one at a time? Because for the California education community at large suffering mightily with budget cuts, that must be what it looks like.
As for whether this level of interest proves ‘on a meta level’ interest in choice programs... Perhaps the relatively small slice of population that applied for the language programs are actually interested in language education, where there are no other options available to them today through PAUSD. I wonder what the interest level would have been if PAUSD were offering FLES for all students.