Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Is it a Good Thing to Limit the Number of Foreign Exchange Students?

The Killeen Daily Herald (Texas) posted an article yesterday entitled “CCISD board considering foreign exchange student limit” which, of course, caught my attention. In the article, the Copperas Cove Independent School District board is considering to institute a “three-year limit of six foreign exchange students in the district in order to prevent exchange students from taking up too much of a campus' resources.” You can link to the article here.
Here are some links to additional documents on this issue:
1) CCISD Regular Meeting Agenda Packet for Tuesday, December 8, 2009 where you can link to the "
Action Sheet" and the "Foreign Exchange Student Waiver" in order to “Consider and Act to Approve Foreign Exchange Student Waiver for The 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 School Years”
2) The
Texas Education AgencyForeign Exchange Student Waiver Guidelines
3) The Texas Education Agency “
Foreign Exchange Students Frequently Asked Questions

Finally, according to TEC §25.001 (e) (1) (2) (3), the district may only limit the number of foreign exchange students if the commissioner determines that the admission of a foreign exchange student would:
1) create a financial or staffing hardship for the district;
2) diminish the district’s ability to provide high quality educational services for the district’s domestic students; or
3) require domestic students to compete with foreign exchange students for educational resources.

I checked the Killeen Daily Herald and the CCISD websites today to see what decision, if any, came from last night’s meeting but can’t find anything. I’ll try to check from time to time to learn what the CCISD board decided on this.
What are your thoughts on this?

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