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Lynn Officials: Illegal Immigrant Children are Stressing City Services
From the article:
Lynn is a municipality on the brink. Key department officials say a recent influx of illegal immigrant children and families in the city is stressing almost every service from trash collection to healthcare.
“We have been aware of the unaccompanied children issue for quite a while, and we were able to absorb a lot of these children early on,” said Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy. “But now it’s gotten to the point where the school system is overwhelmed, our health department is overwhelmed, the city’s budget is being sustainably altered in order of accommodate all of these admissions in the school department.”
Speaking of the illegal children:
“They are…NOT… literate in any language, so they do need some skills. And I assume they are enrolling in school to receive those skills,” said Catherine Latham, Lynn’s superintendent of schools (emphasis is mine)
Boy, that’s an understatement if there ever was one.
In addition, illegal children that are not literate are bringing down test scores in the school system. And with bad test scores it brings down federal funding.
And where is the majority of federal funding coming from? Read on.
No Child Left Behind – Overview
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) is the most recent iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), the major federal law authorizing federal spending on programs to support K-12 schooling. ESEA is the largest source of federal spending on elementary and secondary education.
Since its initial passage in 1965, ESEA has been reauthorized seven times, most recently in January 2002 as the No Child left Behind Act. Each reauthorization has brought changes to the program, but its central goal of improving the educational opportunities for children from lower income families remains.
NCLB required states, school districts, and schools to ensure all students are proficient in grade-level math and reading by 2014. States define grade-level performance. Schools must make “adequate yearly progress” toward this goal, whereby proficiency rates increase in the years leading up to 2014.
However, Wisconsin – along with 42 other states, Washington, D.C., a group of California school districts, Puerto Rico, and the Bureau of Indian Education – applied for a waiver from these targets and other NCLB requirements from the Department of Education.
Wow, 43 states have applied for a waiver. They can’t meet the standards. That’s 43 out of 50 states. And the law has been changed seven times. It seems to me that this program has failed miserably. Or, is it possible that unrealistic standards being set?
No wonder some schools have been caught cheating.
And now, with the influx of illegal immigrant children? Not only are the school systems / cities that take in these children having to shell out the money for vaccinations and trying to educate them….but they are also paying for it in reduced funding because of it. If this is the case, then they are cheated…..twice.