BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - The Beaufort County School District would like to expand its Chinese language immersion programs, but state rules are standing in the way.
The Beaufort Gazette reports some students at Hilton Head Island and Broad River elementary schools learn lessons in both English and Chinese.
Superintendent Jeffery Moss says the district would like to expand the program, but it would cost too much.
That's because state law requires a state certified teacher in the classroom. The Chinese teachers are Chinese nationals certified in China but not in South Carolina.
Right now, Moss says, the district has state certified teachers in the classroom who end up largely observing. He says the district can't afford to hire more state certified teachers to do the same in an expanded program.
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