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District trims foreign-language options

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
August 13, 2008
— The Janesville School Board gave its approval Tuesday to a relatively low-cost expansion of foreign-language options for students.

The administration is expected to plan for those changes in the months ahead in the hopes that the board would fund them starting in September 2009.


The board gave its thumbs up to continuing to teach Chinese to a small number of students in the Challenge Program for gifted students and at the high school level in the Janesville Academy for International Studies.


The board also asked the administration to look into:


-- Setting up an elementary-level charter school to teach “world languages.”


-- Offering online courses.


-- Promoting the Youth Options program for foreign languages. Youth Options already allows high school students to take college courses at district expense if the courses are not offered at the high school.


-- Expanding the summer school to include language courses.


The board rejected a plan to start an elementary program that eventually would expand to all schools. It also rejected expansion of middle-school offerings.



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