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Maine school finds Chinese recruiting a tough sell
Maine school district's Chinese recruiting effort falls short of goal
By The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) ' A school district in Maine that sought out Chinese students to help boost its enrollment and its finances fell far short of its ambitious goal.

Only six Chinese students will attend high school in the northern Maine town of Millinocket this fall. The school was hoping to bring in 60 students.

Officials say the target was probably overly ambitious. Their efforts also were hindered by a recruiter who failed to deliver any students. Also, a writer told readers of a national Chinese newspaper that U.S. children hang out in parking lots for fun and that Stearns High School is "run-of-the-mill."

Stearns High School officials say they're disappointed more Chinese students won't be attending, but will stick with the program and try to expand in the years ahead.

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