Bill to End Early Foreign Language Classes Stalls

Bill to End Early Foreign Language Classes Stalls

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 Republican state Representative Matt Teeters of Lingle had requested the law be repealed until a thorough, complete foreign language program can be built.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

Our Education System is Failing Us

The United States used to offer its citizens the best education available. Our students are now performing lower and lower in international tests.

Foreign language is necessary for our children to be competitive, and studies show that the brain learns languages best before the age of 12. I hope we, as a state, can come to our senses and make sure that our future citizens are getting what they need to thrive in an ever changing world. If we can't find the resources to prepare the next generation we aren't being responsible.

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