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French appears on school horizon


Quakertown Community schools may soon have a community of French learners.

Assistant Superintendent Lisa Hoffman informed the school board that the district had found a third-party provider to teach Cyber French for the 2019-2020 school year.

The move follows a sustained campaign by parents and students to add the language to the curriculum. Speaking at four successive board meetings, parent Michelle Henry and her daughter Julia, said studying the language boosted students’ academic prospects and pointed out that France was a major employer in Pennsylvania.

Michelle Henry said in a text that she “was incredibly excited for all of these kids in Quakertown who want to learn French.” She said her daughter had signed up for Spanish 3 during course selection and had not heard any more details about the planned cyber course. Neither a district spokesperson nor Hoffman had additional information.

Quakertown is currently one of three districts in Bucks and Montgomery counties that does not offer the subject.

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