Opinion: Congress needs to continue funding K-12 language programs

09/12/2011 | Huffington Post, The

Congress is mulling cuts to the Foreign Language Assistance Program, the sole federal source of funding for K-12 world language courses. The $26 million program should be maintained to help students prepare for a global society, write authors and businesswomen Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and Rebecca Weiner. Several government agencies have a shortage of personnel proficient in other languages, they write, and the U.S. risks falling further behind in language skills if the funding is cut.

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