New immigrant kids from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela enrol in Miami-Dade County public schools. Miami-Dade County Public Schools has welcomed more than 20,000 new immigrant pupils this school year.
Compared to the time immediately following Hurricane Maria or the 2010 disaster in Haiti, there represents a massive surge of new pupils into the district. To encourage migrants to avoid the risky journey across the US-Mexico border, the Biden administration has created a new program that permits persons from these four nations to stay legally and work in the U.S. for two years.
Schools are helping to meet the basic requirements of these new students, many of whom did not have access to education in their home countries, by providing them with counselling and complimentary breakfast, lunch, transportation, school supplies, clothing, and groceries.
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Public schools in Miami-Dade County are already understaffed and underfunded, and the rush of new pupils adds to the strain. After being shortchanged $10 million for these youngsters, district officials lobbied politicians in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.
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Most of these pupils likely qualify for supplementary state assistance because English is not their first language. However, the influx of new students caused the district to exceed the state’s limit on the number of English language learners it may receive funding for. The limitation was lifted by the legislature this session.
According to Ron Steiger, the school district’s Chief Financial Officer, Miami-Dade County public schools are ready to accommodate a large influx of new students and have enough open seats. Even though new students have spechavingneeds, their increased enrollment is a step in the right direction for the district.
System Superintendent Jose Dotres can relate to the plight of new immigrant pupils because he also arrived in the United States from Cuba as a young child and later taught English to speakers of various languages in the same school system. He is proud of the district for helping youngsters like himself and his parents.
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