Arizona: Tucson students no longer need 2nd language class

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Fri Dec 12 18:23:56 UTC 2008

Tucson students no longer need 2nd language class

Associated Press - December 11, 2008 12:14 PM ET

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Tucson Unified School District has dropped a
requirement that students take two years of foreign language classes
to graduate. The school board decision reverses a policy that went
into effect for incoming freshmen just last year. Board members cited
a possible budget crunch, the difficulty of finding certified language
teachers and the pressure to comply with upcoming state requirements
for students to take additional math, science and economics classes.

The state doesn't require high school students to take a foreign
language, but all three Arizona public universities require two years
of instruction for admission.

District academic officer Ross Sheard says the courses will still be
offered as electives.

Information from: Arizona Daily Star,

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