Bill to End Early Foreign Language Classes in Stalls

From, December 30, 2010:

A proposal to end state-mandated early foreign language instruction has stalled.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Legislature’s Joint Education Interim Committee failed to sponsor the measure in a 7-7 tie vote recently.

A state law passed in 1999 requires schools to teach foreign language in kindergarten through second grade.

Some schools have embraced the effort but others say finding qualified teachers is a challenge and question whether it’s a good use of resources.

Republican state Rep. Matt Teeters of Lingle had requested the law be repealed until a thorough, complete foreign language program can be built.

A bill to extend the program through sixth grade and provide funding failed in 2004.



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