- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California college district has tentatively approved a contract to serve as a consultant to two Saudi Arabia all-male technical colleges despite widespread criticism by faculty and others.

The Orange County Register reports (https://bit.ly/1NhPLOW ) that the Rancho Santiago Community College District’s nonprofit fundraising arm, the RSCCD Foundation, unanimously backed a scaled-down $17 million annual contract to have the district create curriculum and train teachers of the Saudi government-run schools. Previously it had been a $105 million deal.

Foundation members were set to give the contract final approval Tuesday, but attorneys asked for more time to finalize some terms. A final vote could come in July.

The deal has seen opposition from faculty who object to the Arab government’s record on human rights.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com

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