Foreign languages could be dropped from Mich. graduation rules

03/18/2013 | Detroit News, The

Legislation being considered by lawmakers in Michigan would eliminate foreign-language studies from the state's high-school graduation requirements. However, a recent survey finds that foreign-language immersion programs already are declining in other districts nationwide -- particularly those in poor and rural areas. Supporters say the bill would benefit students who are focused on technical careers, rather than college, but opponents, including the Michigan Department of Education, cite the benefits of foreign-language education.

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