Ni Hao, Kansas

This is interesting.

“The Galena district was one of two in Kansas receiving language instruction grants recently from the U.S. Department of Education, under a program to train more Americans in languages critical to national security and commerce.

Galena will receive $171,684 in the first year of the three-year grant to support its Chinese language initiative. The Emporia district, which is focusing on Spanish, was awarded $161,865 in the first year of a three-year grant.”

Funds come from the National Security Language Initiative.

Why Galena? The article doesn’t say (Galena schools to teach Chinese, Wichita Eagle, July 8) , except to note that the district’s superintendent visited China in 2006.

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