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No Spanish requirement for state school graduation

By M.J. Ellington
mjellington@decaturdaily.com (334) 262-1104

MONTGOMERY — If you hear on the radio that public schools in Alabama require students to take and pass at least one year of Spanish to graduate, you might want to change stations.

Alabama has a foreign language/computer science requirement, but nothing in the requirement says when a student chooses foreign language over computer science that the language has to be Spanish.

The subject arose during a state Board of Education work session Thursday when board Vice President Sandra Ray, D-Tuscaloosa, said she had questions about the requirement. An unnamed Birmingham talk radio show was the apparent source, she said.

"The state does not require students to take and pass a year of Spanish," State Superintendent Joe Morton said. "There is no such requirement."

Ray said, "There are a lot of people operating with that misinformation."

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