A Wall Street Journal piece this week highlighted the imact immigration is having on public education in the South, referring specifically to Georgia and North Carolina.
The Georgia Public Policy Foundation also has something to say about educating immigrants in its area. Not suprisingly, it's alternatives to traditional public school that are getting results:
Stepping up to the plate in the DeKalb County school system is the International Community School, a charter elementary school in Atlanta whose students include refugee and immigrant children from nearly 40 countries. The school is located in several classrooms, offices and a few trailers in back of the Avondale Patillo United Methodist Church. Now in its third year, ICS has an enrollment of 230 children in grades K-4 and a waiting list of about 100. Plans are to expand the school to 500 students in grades K-6...
In the 2003-04 school year, ICS met its goals for Adequate Yearly Progress under No Child Left Behind. According to Mr. Moon, 90 percent of ICS students met or exceeded standards on last year’s third-grade CRCT reading test, and 97 percent met or exceeded standards on that year’s third-grade CRCT math tests.