Sunday, January 17, 2016

Community Discuss New Arabic Language Programs for SFUSD Schools

Members of the San Francisco Arabic community gathered to discuss what they would like to see from the newly passed San Francisco Unified School District board resolution to offer Arabic language programming in K-12 schools beginning in the 2017-18 school year. The school board resolution also includes education programs in Vietnamese language. The board designated the SF-based Arabic community group, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, AROC, to facilitate designing Arabic language curriculum, but the organization has since been embroiled in controversy with a local pro-Israel community group, which accused AROC of using hate language against Jews. Pacifica’s Saadia Malik reports: