Budget concerns leave foreign language programs in jeopardy

11/17/2009 | Washington Post, The

Budget woes have Fairfax, Va., officials questioning whether foreign language learning -- especially for younger students -- is needed. Marty Abbott, ACTFL's director of education, said the teaching of foreign languages in the U.S. is slowly gaining ground, and 16 states and Washington, D.C., require students to take foreign language courses to graduate. But while Fairfax officials say early foreign language programs are crucial to developing bilingual students, the recession leaves everything except reading, writing and math on the chopping block.

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