The Texas Congressional Delegation, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the State Department, the Pentagon and the Embassy of China all held meetings with a particular group visiting Washington this week. The group’s members were not international geopolitical power brokers yet — they were the top students at International Leadership of Texas (ILTexas), a charter school with 23,000 students across 22 campuses.

The school teaches its students Mandarin Chinese and Spanish on top of the regular curriculum, part of an attempt to forge global leaders with Texas roots.

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