5 Ark. districts go to China, looking for teachers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Five Arkansas school districts are sending representatives to China in hopes they'll be able to recruit potential Chinese language teachers.

Representatives from the Pulaski County Special School District will join others from the Batesville, Beebe, Wynne and Lincoln districts on the eight-day trip to Beijing and Zhengzhou.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the trip is being organized and largely funded by the Chinese government's Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters. During the trip, the Arkansas educators will tour schools, attend lectures on Chinese education and culture and interview Chinese language teachers for potential jobs in Arkansas.

Charles Hopson, the superintendent of the Pulaski County district, says incorporating Chinese into the district's curriculum will help Arkansas educators bring "a global, world-class standard" to students. He says he plans to hire two or three Chinese teachers.

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