Puerto Rican official: Tie funding to English classes
By Eric Pfeiffer
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
February 13, 2007
Congress should cut off funds to Puerto Rico if its school system refuses to teach English as well as Spanish, the U.S. territory's Senate president said during a visit to generate congressional support for making the island a state.
"All federal appropriations should be conditional," said Puerto Rican Senate President Kenneth McClintock, a Democrat. "Otherwise, it's going to cost generations of Puerto Rican families."
Mr. McClintock says some of Puerto Rico's public schools are refusing to teach English, which shares official-language status with Spanish, and that millions of dollars in U.S. appropriations spent on supplemental material has been wasted.
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