Proposed charter in Massachusetts would have Asian focus

09/17/2009 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

A proposed charter school in Massachusetts would fuse cultures by mixing Asian immigrant students with native English speakers. Classes would be taught in English and focus on Eastern and Western traditions. Mandarin would also be taught. "Think how valuable it would be ... for anyone who wanted to live or work in China, especially in high-powered economic areas like Shanghai and Hong Kong," said one supporter. However, the charter-school proposal has been criticized as "renewed segregation" and for possibly diverting funds from public schools.

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