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ACTFL Board of Directors Statement: We stand with students on school safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lisa Campo
(703) 894-2900 x119

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Board of Directors of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is proud to stand with the hundreds of thousands of concerned students who marched in Washington, DC, and across the globe this past weekend to shine a light on the issues of gun violence and school safety.

ACTFL recognizes that quality teaching and learning of languages cannot happen without our educators and learners being guaranteed a safe learning environment. To this end, ACTFL lends its voice in supporting common sense gun legislation that protects our many valued constituent groups against the scourge of gun violence.

ACTFL strongly opposes arming teachers as a strategy for preventing gun violence in schools. Such a strategy would place an unreasonable burden on educators who should be focused on teaching and empowering our learners.

As an organization, we are thankful to represent a profession that has such an impact on the future of young people like those seen marching throughout our country. We will continue to strive to create an educational environment conducive to learning and safe for all students.

About ACTFL:

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,000 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

Date: 
Wednesday, March 28, 2018