Three members of the State Board of Education are in line to travel to China in November, if a few companies open their checkbooks.
Board members Wayne McDevitt, Patricia N. Willoughby and Melissa Bartlett are invited to a conference of “education ministers” as part of the board's exchange program with China’s Jiangsu Province.
The state board and the provincial education department formally agreed this year to collaborate on classroom and student projects, hold joint conference and host exchanges for students and teachers.
Teachers from China visited North Carolina last spring. The N.C. Center for International Understanding sent 23 teachers and principals to China last year. No state money was used for their travel.
McDevitt said board members may not be able to stay for the days that include trips to tourist attractions because they want to visit partnership schools.
The partnership aims to give North Carolina students the chance to work on projects with students from other countries, learn other languages and engage in other activities they’ll need for the workplace, said Stephanie Caplan, the center’s spokeswoman.