San Gabriel school district turns down Chinese cash

HACIENDA HEIGHTS — A Southern California school district is turning down $30,000 from the Chinese government for a middle-school Mandarin language program under pressure form community members who criticized ties to the communist country.

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District superintendent Barbara Nakaoka told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune this week that the angry crowds attending school board meetings in opposition to the so-called Confucius Classroom program had become too much of a distraction.

She says the school will still use textbooks and other educational materials provided by China after a committee screens them.

Confucius classroom opponent Teresa Macias tells The Associated Press that program opponents won't rest until it is purged of all contributions from China.

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Information from: San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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