SAN MATEO -- The San Mateo-Foster City School District has postponed a decision on whether to phase out a popular Montessori program at Parkside Elementary School.
Superintendent Cynthia Simms asked to have the issue removed from consideration at last week's board of trustees meeting, meaning the district will not pursue a federal grant to transform Parkside into a magnet school for science, technology, engineering and math.
Parents of children in the Montessori program, who represent about a quarter of the total student population at the school, had protested the district's pursuit of the STEM program, claiming they were left out of the loop. The district's plan was to begin the new curriculum in 2014-15 and phase out the Montessori program.
The district still plans to give the school a single focus, instead of having it split between traditional and Montessori programs. The district plans to engage parents in discussion about how to achieve that goal.
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