Carver Elementary School in San Diego has long been a microcosm of the world’s diversity, serving immigrants from Vietnam, Cambodia, Egypt and Somalia, among other places.

Now it hosts the San Diego Unified School District’s only Arabic language program – one that is being scrutinized in the wake of a substitute teacher’s complaint that it is a form of “religious indoctrination.”

Carver’s program, which serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade, includes single-sex classes and an afternoon recess to allow time for prayer to accommodate students’ cultural and religious needs.

The district is investigating the teacher’s allegations, but school officials say they have been careful not to violate the law setting up the program.


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