CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A proposal to end state-mandated early foreign language instruction has stalled. 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 Republican state Representative Matt Teeters of Lingle had requested the law be repealed until a thorough, complete foreign language program can be built.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.