March 4, 2012

Article: Delaware Governor Wants More Language Options in Schools


Language options growing in schools
Elementary classes in Markell's plans
February 26, 2012

If Gov. Jack Markell is successful, Delaware students will begin learning a second language much earlier -- as early as kindergarten. The effort is meant to help Delaware graduates be more competitive in the workforce.

State plans call for 20 schools over the next five years to launch immersion-language programs for students in kindergarten and first grades. Four first-year programs were selected this month. They will start instruction in languages identified as being key in the workforce: Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. In 2012, about $1.9 million is budgeted for the program. Another $1.9 million is in the governor's proposed fiscal 2013 budget.

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