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Should the Lawrence School District eliminate high school sign language classes?

Asked at Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St. on February 26, 2003

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“No, they shouldn’t cancel it. Sign language is very important for people to be able to use in a career. There are deaf professionals such as deaf doctors and deaf lawyers. They have to have interpreters. Who will train these people if it’s taken out of school? The demand is there.”

“No. Sign language is a valid language kids ought to learn even if they aren’t deaf. They probably aren’t going to run into as many deaf people as people who speak Spanish or French, but that’s no reason not to know it.”

“No.”

“I’d say in a perfect world, no. On the other hand, the district is pretty much screwed, so you have to save money where you can.”

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