Carnegie Gives Maryland $3 Million to Open High Schools for Immigrants Lacking English Skills

This week, the Carnegie Corporation gave a Maryland county $3 million for two public schools that will primarily focus on immigrants for whom English is a second language.

The foundation will reportedly “provide immigrant students, as well as those who are economically disadvantaged and prospective first generation college attendees, with an innovative opportunity to complete their high school diploma.”

According to reports, nearly "12 percent of all Prince George’s County public school students receive 'English Language Learner' services." About "47 percent of Prince George’s County grads enroll in college," but "just 32 percent of ELL graduates do."

Gustavo Torres, the Executive Director of the activist pro-amnesty CASA de Maryland group, reportedly said "the development of these schools is an important step in addressing the serious challenges facing Prince George’s County, especially the Langley Park community."

One of the schools will reportedly be just for "new English language learners as a school-within-a-school in another part of the county" that will also “serve as a community resource for students and their families to ensure that their adjustment needs are met.” The other school will be in Langley Park, and both schools "are expected to open at the start of the 2015-2016 school year."


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