Janesville schools initiative reaches another part of the globe
JANESVILLE--Superintendent Karen Schulte has made it clear she’s interested in bringing students from all over the world to attend Janesville public schools, but even she was surprised last week to get a call from the Middle East.
The man on the phone was calling from the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The man, from the U.S. Embassy, was calling on behalf of someone in Abu Dhabi’s education establishment who had heard of Schulte’s plans and wanted to talk.
The result could be Arabic-speaking students from the United Arab Emirates studying in Janesville. But it’s premature even to say there’s a good chance that will happen.
Schulte has already leveraged the district’s award-winning Chinese-language program to make contacts in China in the hopes of bringing tuition-paying Chinese students here.
Some Chinese students are scheduled to arrive here this summer for a short program, although the Boston bombings have caused some families to hold off, Schulte said.
Two Chinese teachers arrived here this semester to learn about American education practices.
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