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RPS could offer fewer language classes

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester Public Schools may be decreasing the number of language classes it offers because not enough students register.

The district currently offers four years of five different languages, and this year it is adding American Sign Language. However, some classes have such low enrollment, officials say they can't afford to keep them.

No decision was made at Tuesday's meeting. It was only a study session to discuss the possibility of not offering some of the least popular language classes.

The school board looked at a proposal that would guarantee four years of classes in the districts most popular foreign languages -- Spanish and Latin.

German and French would only be guaranteed for two years, but if enough students enrolled, the classes would be offered the third and fourth year in the same classroom.

Chinese or any other language would only be offered for two years and only if at least 32 to 36 students enrolled in the first year class.

Superintendent Michael Muñoz says the plan is about being straightforward with students.

"It's just important that our students know up front when they enter into the World Language Program that they know that its going to be there for two years or it's going to be there for four years and not have to wait every year to determine if the enrollment is going to be large enough for them to have their third or fourth year," Muñoz said.

If these changes are implemented, they would likely only apply to incoming freshmen.

At the meeting several members expressed concern that those students currently enrolled in languages should be able to take four years if they want to.

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