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Mankato schools OK Chinese language course

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Mankato will offer a Mandarin Chinese pilot course to district students this fall.

The course, approved by the school board Tuesday, will be taught as an early bird class to as many as 25 high school students. The district is looking for an instructor.

Superintendent Ed Waltman said he believes the course could help students succeed in a global market.

The district expects to use state funds to pay for the program which will cost between $12,000 and $15,000 next year.

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Gov. Tim Pawlenty has proposed setting aside $500,000 in his 2008-09 budget to expand Mandarin Chinese language programs across the state.

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