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From June 12th to 22nd, 2010, as teachers across the nation faced potential layoffs, federal funds sent U.S. teachers to China to learn more about China's education system. "One of the main goals
of the trip was for Roxboro teachers to develop a firsthand appreciation of Chinese language and culture," glowed the district's director of ducational services. The funding for the twelve-person trip abroad came from a $177,746 Foreign Language Assistance Program grant, which the U.S. Department of Education administers. Taxpayers, however, did not sign the permission slip for this overseas trip.