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A Texas school district will soon make Arabic language and culture classes mandatory for some students at select Mansfield Independent School District (ISD) schools.

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has selected Mansfield ISD as one of only five school districts nationwide to receive its Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant.  Because DOE identifies Arabic as a ‘language of the future,’ the Department requires that participating school districts make the Arabic curriculum mandatory as a condition for receiving the grant.

Mansfield ISD will receive $1.3 million over five years to implement a mandatory program at Cross Timbers Intermediate School and Kenneth Davis Elementary School and an optional program at T. A. Howard Middle School and Summit High School.

Mansfield ISD Superintendent Bob Morrison said the district’s Arabic language and culture curriculum would be similar to its current Spanish curriculum.

Don’t know much about history

Don’t know much biology

Don’t know much about a science book

Don’t know much about the French I took

But I do know that … [those who insult the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, must die!]

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see Mandatory Arabic Classes Coming To Mansfield and the Mansfield Independent School District Curriculum & Instruction page.

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