By Perry Stein, The Washington Post, May 5, 2017
The Washington Post reported on our policy discussion “A Vision for DC”.
“The panel discussion featured D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, school leaders from Delaware and New York, an economics researcher and the Swiss ambassador to the United States, who highlighted the advantages of bilingualism in Switzerland.
Hsi-Ling Liao presented her research from the New American Economy showing a 148 percent jump in bilingual job postings in the Washington region since 2010 and a 131 percent bump in job postings calling for at least some second-language skills. The majority of these jobs are for Spanish speakers, though a significant number of employers are seeking French, Arabic and Chinese speakers.
Wilson, who took the helm of the school system about three months ago, said that increasing language immersion programs in schools was a top priority for him. “D.C. has an opportunity to lead the country in this work,” he said. “It’s high on my list to get done.””
See full article here.