Wisconsin district ends Chinese instruction because of budget cuts:

Wisconsin's Marathon City school district is joining others that are cutting foreign language programs because of budget concerns. The district, whose commercial ties to China prompted the creation of a Chinese language program in 2005, decided it could no longer afford the courses amid reductions in the state's education budget. "We've lost over a half million dollars in state aid in the past two years," the district's superintendent said. "It's not that we didn't want it."

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