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Amidst state aid reductions, two Vernon school officials are heading overseas to find wealthy Chinese officials and families that will pay to send their kids to school in Vernon. According to the New Jersey Herald, the Board of Education approved sending Assistant Superintendent Charles McKay and board member Natalie Buccieri on a two-week trip later this month.
The trip is reportedly being coordinated through the Rutgers University chapter of the Confucius Institute, a Chinese government-backed entity that promotes Chinese language training and cultural exchange. The Confucius Institute will allegedly pay for McKay and Buccieri's hotel accommodations and half of their plane fare while the remaining cost of the tickets and their visa fees will be reimbursed by the school district.
The program has the potential to increase the district's revenue. McKay told the New Jersey Herald that Mount Olive's program brings in around 60 Chinese students a year with a tuition charge of approximately $20,000 per student.
Read the NJHerald.com story here.