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Date:         Thu, 11 Jan 2001 11:45:55 -0500
Reply-To:     Forum on Immigration & Ethnicity
Sender:       Forum on Immigration & Ethnicity
From:         Urban Institute 
Subject:      Most Secondary Schools Overlook and Underserve Immigrant Students
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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 11, 2001A crippling combination of institutional
barriers and a lack of resources prevent secondary schools from meeting the
educational needs of a growing number of students with limited English
proficiency (LEP), according to a new Urban Institute report released today.

"Overlooked and Underserved: Immigrant Children in U.S. Secondary Schools",
by Urban Institute researchers Jorge Ruiz-de-Velasco and Michael Fix with
Beatriz Chu Clewell, provides a national profile of these students, examines
their educational barriers, and offers educators and policymakers strategies
to overcome those barriers.

"Schools are critical institutions for immigrant integration," said Fix.
"But, even though one in five students in U.S. schools is the child of an
immigrant and more than 5 percent of all students in U.S. schools are not
proficient in English, secondary schools are largely unprepared to work with
these students."

To read the press release, please go to:

For full report, please go to:

Roz Daniel
The Urban Institute
2100 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037


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