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Languages Lose Out in 2012

According to a January 11, 2012, article in "Education Week," the omnibus federal spending bill for fiscal 2012 eliminated $27 million for the Foreign Language Assistance Program, in operation for the past twenty years. Some foreign language programs that received multi-year funding will even lose 2012 funds previously approved.

"We are extremely disheartened that in the final budget deal, Congress zeroed out the funding for (foreign languages)," stated Martha G. Abbott, Executive Director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. "Now there is no funding for foreign language K-12 programs from the U.S. Department of Education in an era when our nation's language capacity is so greatly in need of strengthening."