What's not being discussed yet is the cuts being made to foreign language programs throughout the district as well. This isn't district-driven but principal-driven at the school level. Media bombards us with reasons to bolster rather than cut foreign languages. Universities come to our schools to promote their programs to our non-native English speaking populations and our upper level language students because they understand where the jobs are. The Obama administration talks up the need for Americans to increase their study of second (and third and fourth) languages. Shrinking world. Globalization. International connections. Refugee work. Military. Peacekeeping. I could go on and on but I'm sure you get it. Yet check out these cuts: 2 Spanish at CAPA including the entire middle grades program 1 Spanish at South Brook .5 Spanish at U Prep (leaving only 1 full-time Japanese and a .5 Spanish) 1 French position at Westinghouse (leaving only Spanish) 1 Spanish at Brashear .5 Spanish at Allderdice German phased out at Allderdice 1 foreign language position at Sterrett Note that many of the schools above (Westinghouse, Prep) serve our neediest populations yet get some of the most measly options to internationalize their studies. Meanwhile, some schools have growing programs and have languages like Mandarin and Russian, critical languages according to the federal government. How is this equitable?