New Texas charter school to teach in Chinese

GARLAND, Texas (AP) - Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has praised leaders of a new charter school where students will be taught in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

Williams on Thursday attended an open house in Garland for International Leadership of Texas. The charter school opens campuses Monday in Garland and Arlington.

Williams noted the school's plans to make students multilingual and prepare them for what he calls "a world that might be a tad bit bigger than Garland, Texas."

The charter school accepted about 2,900 students in kindergarten through 10th grade. School officials received more than twice that many applications.

Charter schools are publicly funded but privately managed. International Leadership was one of eight charters approved by the State Board of Education last year.

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