Skip to comments.Florida schools get ready for flood of border kids
Posted on 07/25/2014 10:44:43 AM PDT by Politico2isBack
MIAMI With more than 51,000 unaccompanied Central American children already here, and more expected to come, school officials ask the federal government for a helping hand.
Border kids costs more to educate, about $1,900 per head. Teachers must be bilingual. The students will need health care and psychological services because many arrive sick and traumatized by things they;ve seen and experienced on their journeys north.
Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, communications officer at the Miami-Dade County Public School, said up until now, the school district have relied on their emergency funds to help cover the costs.
We are asking the federal government to help us with this additional cost, she said. We are here to help those children, we have a history of helping them, as we did when the earthquake hit Haiti, and when political problems arose in Cuba.
We wont stop providing them an education, she said. But we dont want the (local) taxpayer to pay for it. Thats why we are asking for federal funds.
She said that just before the end of school in June, her district saw about 300 border kids, coming from Honduras.
We dont know how many more are coming this upcoming school year because Central America children usually enroll just two or three weeks before the school year begins, Gonzalez-Diego said.
While the Palm Beach County School District says they havent seen an uptick of border kids enrolling, they wont be caught off guard for the 2014-15 school year, which begins in August.
We are accustomed to receiving an influx of children based on different situations that happen around the world, said Natalia Powers, communications manager for the Palm Beach County School District.
The 2010 Haiti earthquake caused an influx of Haitian students in their district.
Our district and schools were ready to provide them with services, and what we cannot provide we work out with community partnerships, she said.
Powers said Palm Beach County schools are not asking for additional funds right now, but they wont know what to expect until they get closer to the beginning of the school year.
The Guatemalan Mayan Center, a Lake Worth, Fla.-based community organization that offers assistance and language classes to immigrants, has seen an uptick in the number of immigrants seeking help.
Last year, we had three students. This yea,r weve got 50, said volunteer Micaela Martí.
She said the children are 5 and 7 who come to the center to learn English because they arrived too late for the school year.
School officials in Hillsborough County, which has a large Hispanic population, did not respond to a request for information.
In Pasco County, shelters expect to double their capacity.
Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA reported the Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services is asking Pasco Countys Planning Commission to double shelter capacity to 32 beds to accommodate more border children. But neighbors of the center have mixed reactions.
Florida Watchdog contacted Americans for Immigrant Justice, a facility that houses border-crossing children, but they declined a request for an interview or to provide any information about the children.
In Brevard County, the Childrens Home Society of Florida confirmed to Breitbart News that some unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border of the U.S. will be sent to local foster homes in the state next month.
So it begins
Or...is that the definition of that whimsical, fantastical word "disenfranchise"?
The teacher do not have to be bilingual.
I speak three languages. I do not speak Spanish, I will not learn Spanish under these circumstances.
Anyone who won’t do business with me nor hire me for not speaking Spanish is not taking care of the country and I want nothing to do with them’
No one should be speaking Spanish to these kids.
Americans are so stupid when it comes to language.
Aside from the fact that it is all wrong and politically motivated, Kids are sponges when it comes to language. THey learn English or any other language, when immersed in it, much quicker than adults do.
Kids learn, their brains are sponges when they’re young especially in toddler and preschool- hood, when they are learning language.
Just say NO.
this is not Obama, it is Obama taking advantage of the disgusting unpatriotic Chamber of Commerce and the teachers union.
When I speak to Obama voters, I know they vote for selfish purposes.
all anyone has to do to win this, is instruct people about how the country won’t even be here any longer to provide them with their benefits if we don’t take care of it.
Does anyone dream that these foreigners, unassimilated, will take care of them in their older years?
Teachers love to have a lock in their jobs by being bilingual.
That’s them taking care of our country, right?
Our ruling elites, however, are rapidly turning it into a dumping ground.
Maybe Glenn should open a housing/schooling center...on HIS ranch...for ALL of these invaders aka “victims” of 0’s orchestrated *crisis*! Let them go to school with HIS kids.
Sen. Cruz spoke so well about Obama’s 3.7 BILLION dollars he wants to help the children from Middle America. One thing Cruz said is that that amount of money could pay for flying the illegal children back to their parents, first class seats.
Cruz also spoke about the horror of the trip here those children were forced to take including rape, murder, being forced to shoot other children, and to otherwise cause them terrible pain and dismemberation.
Cruz said that if we care for the children who are here already, we will receive even far more than we have now.
I agree. Ship them back to their parents. They are here as anchors for their parents to join them later.
It’d be racist. They should be allowed to keep their ethnicity and language. Florida should be required to provide interpreters and dialect interpreters. (/sarc)
Great. Haitians v, Illegals. What a disaster.
Thank Scotus for denying states the power to make English the language of government.
And finally, thank Scotus for requiring local school districts/taxpayers to educate illegal aliens.
“Itd be racist. They should be allowed to keep their ethnicity and language. Florida should be required to provide interpreters and dialect interpreters.”
That sounds so similar to what Miuba Pooblik Skrewl Board members believe in that I have to ask when you were elected to the Board?
What does that have to do with Beck putting his money where his mouth is?
You forget to include Jamaicans.... How’s that for Jumbalaya!
Also, this little gem of a quote: We wont stop providing them an education, she said. But we dont want the (local) taxpayer to pay for it. Thats why we are asking for federal funds.
Brainiac, whom do you think the ‘federal funds’ originate?
Yet another reason to make public schools like all other services...pay your own way. Drop the property taxes and nobody pays (for eternity, like today) if no kids/graduated.