Eden Prairie has a Spanish immersion elementary school called Eagle Heights. I've read the school's FAQ and don't see any answer to what seems to me an obvious question: Why was the Spanish language selected, for our city's foreign language elementary school?
I've emailed Elizabeth Linares--the school's principal--twice (once in July and once a few days ago), but have not received any acknowledgment. An article in the current Eden Prairie News specifically directs residents to email Ms. Linares if they have questions concerning her institution. So I look forward to her response.
If Eden Prairie had no language immersion elementary school and someone suggested the idea (over coffee, say), I might suggest Somali, since that's certainly an underappreciated foreign culture, to most non-Somali Eden Prairians. (Then again, I'd somewhat fear any possible negative impact on English language acquisition, among Somali-American kids.) Or perhaps we ought to concentrate on a language whose study has been unjustifiably neglected in American education, historically, like Arabic. Or perhaps the language should be different, from cohort to cohort.
In any case, I'm curious to hear the case for making Spanish the single, permanent foreign language immersion option for Eden Prairie kids.