Lawmakers will consider tossing a foreign language requirement

Laramie, WY – A legislative committee is considering a proposal to end mandated foreign language instruction in Wyoming elementary schools.
Some lawmakers want to repeal a 1999 statute that requires Wyoming schools to teach foreign language in kindergarten through second grade. The Legislature's Joint Education Committee will discuss the measure when it meets on Thursday in Casper.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that school administrators say many schools lack the financial and human resources necessary for quality instruction. In addition, knowledge is lost between second grade and middle school.
Republican Rep. Matt Teeters, of Lingle, says the requirement should be dropped until a complete foreign language program can be established through elementary school.