The following information has recently been released from the Italian Language Foundation:

"During those six months, the ILF raised over $650,000 in donations and in pledges from individuals, corporations and philanthropic organizations in the United States. The great majority of these commitments however, were contingent upon on a financial partnership with the Republic of Italy. Despite extensive good faith discussions and negotiations, and numerous positive indications, material contributions from the Republic of Italy were not forthcoming. As a result, the AP Italian Language and Culture program will be suspended beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year.

We are disappointed that the Republic of Italy declined the opportunity to invest in AP Italian. We remain committed to further developing a network of support for Italian language educators throughout the United States, and we remain hopeful that the Republic of Italy will provide financial support and partner with the Italian American community to reinstate the AP Program in Italian in the future.

We would like to thank all those who have donated their time and money to help support Italian language education in America, an effort that will benefit students here in the United States and foster ever closer relationships between America and Italy."