Patrick M. Cronin, Senior Director of the Asia Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, in his report “Sustaining the Rebalance in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Next Administration,” (here) recommends that the new US president pursue a five point agenda within the first 100 days in office. One of those five agenda items is the following:
Since 2008 I have proposed and advocated for paid high school study abroad programs (particularly to China) to the Oregon Governor, to the Oregon legislature, to the Oregon Board of Education, to the Portland Public Schools and others. No success to date. This year a pilot program (here) is still pending before the Portland Public School budget committee.
The next US president should “fast-track” proposals for high school study abroad programs by state and local school districts.
Additionally, the next president should fast-track more federal grants to state and local school district to start more dual language immersion programs in Asian languages.