Chicago to expand Arabic classes in high schools

08:21, November 10, 2009      

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The Chicago public schools will expand its Arabic-language program to three more high schools, thanks to a three-year federal grant of 888,000 U.S. dollars announced Monday morning.

Richard Daley, mayor of Chicago city accepted the federal grant at Chicago's Durkin Park Elementary School as he rejected suggestions that the Fort Hood massacre in Texas could lead to an outbreak of anti-Muslim sentiment.

Already, Arabic is offered at three Chicago high schools and is also offered at seven Chicago elementary schools and about 2,000 students take Arabic in Chicago's schools, according to official sources.

The new federal grant will fund the expansion to three additional high schools in Chicago that have yet to be identified, the sources said. 

Source: Xinhua
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