The Chicago Public School system is considering cutting out foreign language programs in elementary schools in order to save $3.5 million. It would also eliminate magnet programs in “world languages” (Spanish, Japanese, French, Italian and Latin).
In Massachusetts, one school system (Kingston) is considering laying off its foreign language teachers in middle school, a move that would put an end to the foreign language program there and save the school system money.
I found one piece of good news, though. A school district in Wisconsin is fighting to keep its Japanese program and teacher by applying for a Japanese Foundation grant to pay for two-thirds of the teacher’s next year’s salary. YAY!