Save the French Program at Grant High School
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The French program at Grant High School is in danger of being phased out. Despite strong enrollment in French programs at Grant and its feeder schools, only 2nd and 3rd year French will be offered to students in 2017/18, with no promises for the following year. French has been part of Grant High School's curricular program since Grant was founded in 1924.
Please sign this petition before the upcoming June 13th budget meeting to ask Principal Campbell and the PPS school board to prioritize a robust language curriculum for students at Grant High School by retaining the French program for all four years.
This issue is bigger than Grant High School. It's about reversing the increasing trend to plug budgetary gaps by cutting language options in public schools. Please show your support for languages!
The district is facing tough decisions. According to a Willamette Week article back in March, Principal Campbell put staff on notice that Grant would be facing significant cuts, and that she'd take forecasting, programming, and the requirements to maintain the core curriculum into account when making decisions.
We ask that you consider the school board’s decision making priorities in your comments in order to demonstrate how school language programs contribute to academic success and strong communities.
How has language study contributed to your success (or your children's success) in core competencies such as reading, writing, and speaking?
How has your study of French contributed to your education (or that of your children) as a global citizen? Have you ever hosted an international exchange student or visited a Francophone country as a result of your kids studying French? Has studying French opened doors to other educational or career-related opportunities?
Why do opportunities for cross-cultural education matter to you and your family?
Why is it important to retain the French program as a language option at Grant in addition to Spanish and Japanese?
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