Tucson students no longer need 2nd language class

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TUCSON -- 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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