California school districts such as Murrieta Valley Unified that are accepting Chinese exchange students on a tuition basis were the focus of a recent Los Angeles Times article.
Murrieta Valley Unified, with the support of the city, entered an agreement in 2012 with Tower Bridge International that paves the way for as many as 100 Chinese students to attend its high schools for a tuition price of $10,500, Patch reported at the time.
In doing so, the L.A. Times report points out that the Murrieta district joins a handful of others around the state such as Chico, Walnut Valley, Chino Valley, Hacienda La Puente and one near Yosemite. The districts all have around 20 or 25 Chinese exchange students enrolled this year under tuition agreements.
According to Murrieta Valley Unified Spokeswoman Karen Parris, the district this year is hosting 20 Chinese students at its three comprehensive high schools: seven at Murrieta Valley, two at Murrieta Mesa and 11 at Vista Murrieta.
Not only does this help tight public education budgets, the L.A. Times article reports, it provides exposure to the differing cultures as well as prepares exchange and local students alike for competing in a global economy.
In Murrieta, it goes hand-in-hand with the city’s efforts to forge an economic relationship with investors in China.
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