College Board to sever financial ties with China

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U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, and six other U.S. senators sent a letter to College Board CEO David Coleman last week, asking for clarification of the board’s financial relationship with Hanban and the extent of Chinese government influence on test development and guest teacher placements in the U.S.

...tor-leads-effort-to-clarify-chinese-influence-on-college-board/article_e6948a52-193d-11eb-9696-13fa485f18ce.html">sent a letter to College Board CEO David Coleman College Board has received an annual grant from Hanban since 2006 to support teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture in U.S. schools, College Board Senior Vice President Elissa Kim said in response the senators’ letter.

“2020 is the final year in which the College Board will receive or pursue any grant funding from Hanban,” Kim wrote.

Kim said the board worked with Hanban to build school districts’ Chinese language programs, but as programs are becoming more established, the board’s work with Hanban has reduced in scope.

“I want to state unequivocally: Hanban and the Chinese government has never had any influence on the content of College Board curricular or educational programs; indeed, no foreign entity has such influence, nor will they ever,” Kim wrote.

The U.S. Department of State designated the central Confucius Institute organization in the U.S. as a foreign mission of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in August.

“The [Chinese Communist Party] will continue looking for other avenues to gain influence in the American education system, and we must remain vigilant and push back against Chinese influence,” Blackburn said in a tweet Monday afternoon.

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