SUPERINTENDENT TO SEEK FEDERAL FUNDING FOR EDUCATION SUPPORT OF FOREIGN-BORN STUDENTS, RECENT ARRIVALS
Miami – Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho will seek additional federal assistance to fully fund the cost of providing education support to foreign-born students and to ensure the District has the necessary resources to educate these students.
Prompted by an increase in immigration into the United States by families with children and by unaccompanied children of all ages, Carvalho proposed to the School Board at its June meeting that the district request federal assistance to ensure District operational readiness to support the education needs of foreign-born students.
"We are in the business of teaching children regardless of where they are born, what language they speak or their socioeconomic status," said Carvalho. "There is a significant shortcoming in addressing this issue, so we are seeking federal help to increase the tools and resources to carry out our mission."
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) enrollment data indicates a spike in the number of foreign-born students from Central American countries, especially Honduras. The District incurs an additional cost of approximately $1,959, over the FTE amount generated to provide necessary services to foreign-born students from local funds not reimbursed from federal and state dollars.
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