HACIENDA HEIGHTS – A high-ranking Chinese education official toured Cedarlane Academy on Thursday to check out the school’s Confucius Classroom, a controversial program that provides curriculum paid for by the Chinese government, but no one at the school knew who he was.The official, who arrived more than an hour after expected, saw a performance from the kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school’s cheerleading squad. The Wilson High School band, which was bused into the school, also put on a short show, playing several pop hits for the official and a few other Chinese government figures who tagged along.
The official then took a short tour of the school’s Confucius Classroom.
Hacienda-La Puente Unified’s Superintendent Barbara Nakaoka didn’t know the name or office of the official, but she assumed the person served in a high-ranking position.
“I assume it would be the equivalent of (U.S. Secretary of Education) Arne Duncan here in the U.S.,” she said.
Cedarlane Assistant Principal Rudy Torres said the students in the Confucius Classroom did a short language demonstration for the official.
He also did not know the name or office of the official.