Candidate for Governor or New Jersey, now Governor, Jon Corzine said in his speech "Getting Ahead: Jon Corzine's Plan for Public Education in the 21st Century:"
In a global economy, our students need to be prepared with world languages and culture. Eighteen New Jersey schools offer Chinese – but that's not enough. We need to do better at teaching the high demand languages that are increasingly important in the new world like Chinese and Arabic.
By 2009, our objective must be to triple the number of schools offering those critical languages.