Oklahoma State Representative Andy Fugate wants world language requirement in graduation requirements

Oklahoma City – State Representative Andy Fugate, D-Del City, issued a statement regarding House Bill 3278, which passed off the House floor this week.

The bill updates the State of Oklahoma’s graduation requirements to include an additional math class.

The bill removes the requirement for a student to take at least one world language class.

“I support rigorous public education standards. However, making foreign languages optional erodes that rigor,” Fugate said in a statement sent to CapitolBeatOK.com.

“Yes, we need improved math education, but adding another high school math class does not achieve that on its own. The problem is not a lack of math classes, but a lack of foundational learning before students enter into high school. We can’t improve math education until we stop replacing experienced teachers with emergency and adjunct persons, and start providing them the resources they need.

“Public education is not about preparing for the workforce. That is not why taxpayers pay for public education. The value of public education is to prepare students to make meaningful decisions when they vote.”

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