Schools expected to pass Chinese pilot program

9:45 PM, Feb 25, 2013   |    comments
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Rockford Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler.

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Rockford and East Kentwood Public Schools are expected to vote on a Chinese pilot program that will allow students from overseas to join our the systems.

Rockford will allow 20 students from China to attend their district for a year. In exchange, students will pay $10,000 each, a total of $200,000 for the district.

Rockford's superintendent says the Chinese students will get the benefit of a U.S. diploma to go onto an American college. But their presence won't affect current students because they'll come with their own teacher, will pay for their own lunches and living expenses, and their tuition will add $200,000.  It's a welcomed revenue stream for a district that's lost millions.

Rockford Superintendent, Dr. Michael Shibler says the money could fund more teachers or supplies.

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