American kids and teenagers will be sharing their already-crowded classrooms with tens of thousands of ill-educated Central American migrants this fall, because President Obama is distributing perhaps 100,000 Central American migrants across the country.
The Central American students â€œhave very, very limited amounts of education [and] in some cases, they cannot count to 10,â€ said Caroline Woodason, assistant director for student support at the public schools in Dalton, Ga.Â â€œThey canâ€™t turn on a computer. Theyâ€™ve never even seen a computer,â€ she told theÂ Dalton Daily Citizen.
In Fairfax, Va., â€œteachers [are] dealing with children not just learning English but years below expected grade/achievement level,â€ education specialist Robin Hamby, toldÂ The Washington Post. In early 2014, her district already had 5,192 Central American students, up 22 percent since 2011.
In Lynn, Mass., the foreign youths â€œare not literate in any language,â€ said Catherine Latham, the superintendent of schools. â€œThe school system is overwhelmed, our health department is overwhelmed,â€ she toldÂ Fox NewsÂ in Boston.
â€œThereâ€™s no way a [foreign] child is going to be able to come to school ready and able to learn if we donâ€™t address some of the other issues theyâ€™re facing,â€ such as an upbringing in a violent culture, Debra Duardo, executive director for human services for the huge Los Angeles Unified School District, toldÂ the Chicago Tribune.