By Associated Press - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California college district says it will continue a consulting deal with two Saudi Arabia technical colleges despite opposition from faculty who object to the Arab government’s record on human rights.

The Orange County Register reports (https://bit.ly/199b5bd ) about 10 professors and other employees demanded during a Monday trustees meeting that Rancho Santiago Community College District cancel the agreement to improve and restructure the two Saudi government-run schools.

Chancellor Raul Rodriguez disagreed that the $105 million deal violates the district’s values of equality and tolerance. He said, as educators, the district can in a small way contribute to helping set the conditions for change in Saudi Arabia.

Starting this fall, the district will revamp the Saudi schools’ curriculum, train teachers and strengthen other infrastructure.

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

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