LA School Board explores inclusion of Filipino language program in public schools

PHOTO: screen grab from YouTube/Balitang America
PHOTO: screen grab from YouTube/Balitang America

Students from the second largest school district in the Unites States might soon learn about the difference between ng and nang. If they’re lucky, they might learn how to cook adobo, too.

Through a recent ethnic studies mandate, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is looking to add a Filipino language program to the curriculum of public high schools in Los Angeles.

“We are expanding the work right now to really bring in the full scope of history for all of our immigrant communities in Los Angeles,” said Steve Zimmer, President of the LAUSD Board in a report by Balitang America.

Zimmer added that Filipino history, culture, and art might also be included in the curriculum. The new classes might be implemented later this year as soon as the school district receives proper funding.

The project was reportedly initiated by members of the Filipino community. Some schools run Filipino language programs independently.

Community leader Grace Barrios will members of the Filipino community to convince the major school district to begin the program as soon as possible.


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