Assemblymen Seek to Broaden Korean Language Program

P.S. 032 State Street is the only public school in NYC to offer a Korean Dual Language program. (Screen shot via Google Maps)

Queens Assemblymen Ron Kim and Edward Braunstein met with Department of Education representatives on Dec. 5 to seek an expansion of the Korean Dual Language program in NYC schools, reports Suzanne Monteverdi for QNS. P.S. 032, a K-5 school in Flushing, is the only public school in the city to offer the program.

For Kim, the first and only state legislator of Korean descent, the program would have a personal impact.

“Limited choice can prevent otherwise interested parents from enrolling their kids in enormously beneficial dual language programs,” the lawmaker said. “As a Korean-American whose two daughters will likely grow up speaking English, Korean and Chinese, the importance of this kind of education is clear to me.”

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Kim and Braunstein said the growing Korean-American community in the city, particularly in areas of Bayside, Whitestone and Flushing, has led to an increased demand in such programs.

Representatives from the Korean American Association of Greater New York, Korean Americans for Political Advancement and the Korean Language Foundation also joined the meeting.

Go to QNS to hear more from Braunstein about the reaction of Korean-American parents to the lack of Korean language programs in the area, and whether he felt the meeting helped their cause.

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