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RE: Brookline schools planning layoffs, cutting world language classes for K-5 students

April 1, 2024
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The  elementary World Language program in the Public Schools of Brookline should be preserved. Taxpayers approved an override in 2009 to create and sustain this program. Now a distinguishing feature of our school system, it provides unique academic benefits and builds cultural sensitivity and awareness. The 2023 override promised further investment, but now the program is at risk of being eliminated completely. I have taught Spanish at Brookline High School both before and after implementation of the early elementary program. Starting younger does make a big difference. Cutting it would undermine all students’ learning and devastate the BHS program, rolling back years of work by our team to graduate students at a high proficiency level. Imagine cutting K-5 math: what impact would that have on students’ skill development?

I call on the School Committee to postpone this major curriculum decision until the community has been given the chance to weigh in, and the consequences are thoroughly examined.

Liz Gorman is a BHS Spanish teacher in her 28th year, and a Brookline resident, BHS alum, and PSB parent.

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