WSFCS wonders if it will have enough teachers to fulfill the state’s new foreign language requirement:

“If everybody’s got to take a foreign language, you can expect increased enrollment in foreign language and the question becomes, ‘Do you have enough foreign-language teachers?'” said Paul Puryear, the system’s assistant superintendent for high schools. “Evidently the state has done some research. They think there are enough licensed people out there to teach those courses…. We won’t know until they start registering for classes.”

But Leslie Baldwin, WSFCS’ foreign language specialist, is skeptical:

“Foreign language is already a high-priority area in that there’s a shortage of certified teachers,” she said. “With No Child Left Behind and the rules that there are in who we can hire and the certification … it will be hard to hire enough.”