AUGUSTA (AP) – Eight teachers from China and one from Spain were due in Maine’s capital Monday to meet with the governor and top education officials before starting their teaching assignments in the state.

The foreign teachers are in Maine as part of a nationwide effort to introduce their language and culture to middle and high school students.

As part of an all-day orientation Monday, the teachers meet with Gov. John Baldacci before attending a tea at the Blaine House with and Education Commissioner Susan Gendron.

The teachers will also participate in orientation sessions at the Department of Education where they will learn about Maine’s educational system and standards.

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