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Now, the school brings another first for the state. It isabout to immerse kids in the most widely spoken language in theworld; Mandarin Chinese.
Mandarin is the official language of China and Taiwan.Students who enroll in the private school program will spend halftheir day learning in Chinese, the other half in English.
Head of School David Garner expects that a diverse mix offamilies, including Chinese-American families will enroll.
"There is a wonderfully vibrant and highly educated Chinesecommunity in Indianapolis. They're essential to the life sciencesindustries here," Garner said.
He said teaching Mandarin is a way for his school to preparestudents for the 21st century global economy.
At the IUPUI Confucius Institute, which promotes Chineselanguage and culture, Director Zao Xu is thrilled to hear Mandarinwill be taught to young children. China is the second largesttrading partner with the U.S. behind Canada.
"The kids can find a job in China, you know in Hong Kong,"said Dr. Xu.
Dr. Xu admits learning the language will be a challenge.Students will have a thousand or two characters to master.
Initially this pilot program will only begin in kindergarten.If it proves to be popular, the school said it will continuethrough elementary school and perhaps through middle and highschool.
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On Tuesday, Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite will promote 23 officers. Three sergeants will be elevated to the rank of lieutenant. Twenty patrol officers will be promoted to the rank of sergeant.