School district answering questions about Cobb 

The school district is working to untangle mixed messages regarding the expansion of a Montessori program at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School.

The Montessori program, a less restrictive teaching style usually only available through private schools, was incorporated in 2005 mainly to provide it for free for low-income students near Lower Pacific Heights and the Western Addition.

Then it was only offered to preschoolers. In 2008 it expanded through second grade and now the district has agreed to provide it through fifth.

But now there are two teaching styles on the campus – Montessori and general education – and there isn’t room for both.

And general education parents have been telling commissioners during public comment at Board of Education meetings saying that they’re under the impression they’re the ones getting the boot. But commissioners have not been able to respond because it has been during public comment.

The school district recently posted an FAQ link on its Web site regarding the issue, and also stated it will hold a public meeting about it on January 12.

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