A group of seven Republican senators are demanding that the College Board explain its role in the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) propaganda campaign aimed at the United States' primary education system.
The NAS report further alleged that College Board also helped Hanban set up 15 CI classrooms and place some 1,650 government-approved Chinese language teachers in high schools across the country, in exchange for $700,000 funding from the Chinese government. NAS President Peter Wood also said that previous NAS reports have documented an "ideological skew" in the AP U.S. History and AP European History courses, affecting the learning of tens of thousands of American students.
"We are concerned that the PRC exploits its partnership with College Board to stifle conversation that might undermine the reputation of the CCP," the senators wrote, requesting more information about the Chinese government's alleged involvement in the AP Chinese exams, the "oversight practices" the College Board implemented under foreign influence, and the alleged financial ties between the College Board and Chinese government-backed entities.
In 2004, the University of Maryland became the first institution in the United States to host a Confucius Institute. The number of CIs across the country steadily increased over time, growing to roughly 100 at its peak. University of Maryland closed its CI this summer, citing the 2019 U.S. National Defense Authorization Act, which prohibits schools to receive language program funding from the Defense Department while keeping their CIs.