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Milla and others organized a petition that includes 800 signatures so far. Milla and others organized a petition that includes 800 signatures so far.
Alex O'Connor, a sixth grader at Snowden School, not only takes Spanish but Russian too. Alex O'Connor, a sixth grader at Snowden School, not only takes Spanish but Russian too.

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County School district held its final community budget meeting Friday, but the fight to save foreign language funding is far from over.

Alex O'Connor, a sixth grader at Snowden School, not only takes Spanish but Russian too.

"We have so much fun we don't even realize we're actually learning," he said.

Alex was one of several to speak during the Shelby County School district's final community meeting concerning the proposed budget for next year, which includes a 50 percent cut to world languages.

"These kids are not going to have elementary and middle school world language," said Spanish teacher Maria Milla. "This program is a cutting-edge program. It has been recognized in the nation."

Milla and others organized a petition that includes 800 signatures so far.

"Nashville is awaiting our portfolio to use as an example in other Tennessee school systems," said Spanish teacher Patty Wall.

SCS leaders have repeatedly said during this week's series of budget meetings that difficult decisions were required within a shrinking district.

Alex said he will continue to advocate until the board's final vote.

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