China Visit to Be Tackled in Pasadena Unified School Board Meeting on Thursday

Published : Monday, October 23, 2017 | 7:45 PM

A trip to China on the invitation by the Education Commission of the People’s Republic of China will be among the items to be discussed by the The Pasadena Unified School District during its (PUSD) board meeting on Thursday, October 26.

The invitation to the Pasadena Unified School District to visit China is in conjunction with Pasadena’s sister city schools program with schools in Fuyuan, Anhui and Beijing to explore the possibility of extending the PUSD High School programs to receive International Students.

According to the PUSD, the trip intends to set up an academic relationship with its sister schools in China to develop a K-12 program certified by both the Chinese government and the PUSD.

The PUSD’s District Leadership team is scheduled to visit China from November 7 through November 15, 2017.

According to the PUSD, the district aims to build and implement in its sister schools in China, comprehensive systems and structures in all core curricular areas (Math, Science, Social Science, and the four arts) Pre K-12.

In her letter of invitation to the PUSD Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald dated October 13, 2017, University and Professional Studies of the Fuyang Education Bureau president Karen Lin said they also intend to send Chinese students to attend classes at PUSD schools for a semester or a school year starting fall of next year. The Chinese students will pay for their tuition, fees and living expenses during their period of stay with PUSD schools, Lin said.

Lin also said that their partner, Jinggong Real Estate Company will also invest 200 million RMB or about $33 million to establish the Jinggong-Pasadena International K-12 boarding school in Fuyang, Anhui Province in China.

“To secure a better understanding between PUSD and the Chinese government, we would like to invite Dr. McDonald and his colleagues to visit the city of Fuyang in the Anhui Province in November 2017. We provide the international air ticket, travel expenses and logistic in China,” said Lin in her letter of invitation.

Lin also said that during the planned visit, PUSD officials will also meet the mayor of Fuyang City and officials from the Education Bureau to “shed lights into available opportunities.”

Lin added that the Fuyang Education Bureau also intends to send a delegation to visit PUSD schools in Spring next year.

In addition to the China visit invitation, the PUSD will also deliberate on the approval of revisions to its 2017-2018 operating budget which now reflects major changes from the inclusion of site-based carryover funds, latest estimation on employee costs, and staffing adjustment based on actual needs and class size.

Meanwhile, the PUSD Governing Board will also be conducting a public hearing on Thursday at 5:30 pm on the petition submitted by the Odyssey Charter School South for a new charter school. The meeting will be held at the Education Center at 351, Hudson Avenue.






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