According to this article, budget cutbacks are forcing some colleges to eliminate foreign languages from the curriculum.
You have high schools with a field house? Wow..... I'd be interested to see what kind of shape their fine arts departments are in!
Something to consider, however, is the fact that there are two separate pots when it comes to funding schools - at least in my state - capital funds and operating funds. You can't dip into one to pay for another..... so, the astro turf maybe coming out of capitals funds that cannot be spent on curriculum, etc.
Latin has been gone for a long time in most of the