The Education of Immigrant Children in New York City. ERIC Digest, Number 117.Report as inadecuate

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This digest presents an overview of the factors that influence the education of immigrant children in New York (New York), concentrating on students' needs, aspirations, and attainment, and the public policy directed at them. Massive numbers of immigrants have come to New York City, and it is estimated that about 320,000 immigrant children attended city schools in 1995-96. The number of limited English speaking children has risen sharply, and the lack of English language skills is a major stumbling block for many immigrant children. Low socioeconomic status is another reason many do not do well in school, since parental and financial support can be reduced. Recent immigrants are highly motivated to attend and succeed in school, but those who have been in the United States for a while tend to have higher dropout rates. Federal and state funding targeting immigrant children is limited, although immigrant children can benefit from programs under Titles VII and I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Improvement Act and its successors. New York has seven schools for immigrants, and more are planned. A shortage of qualified bilingual teachers in New York City continues to be a problem. (Contains 11 references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Dropouts, Educational Policy, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Financial Support, Government Role, Immigrants, Limited English Speaking, Secondary School Students, Socioeconomic Status, Student Characteristics, Urban Schools, Urban Youth

ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Box 40, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027; telephone: 800-601-4868 (free).

Author: Rivera-Batiz, Francisco


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