The record flood of Central American children crossing the U.S. border is stretching funds and setting off improvisation at public schools.The great moments of public education. Heh, government education isn't cheap!
While politicians spend the summer fighting over how to turn back the tide, school leaders across the country are struggling to absorb a new student population the size of Newark, New Jersey. More than 40,000 children, many of them fresh from violent, harrowing journeys, have been released since October to stateside relatives as courts process their cases.
"These kids were homesick and heartbroken," said Robin Hamby, a family specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools in suburban Washington, which began feeling the surge almost as soon as it began three years ago.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
The Chicago Tribune reports:
Posted by Steve Bartin at 11:40 PM