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. Sixteen states and Washington, D.C., require students to take foreign-language courses to graduate, but Fairfax officials say that although 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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