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Fairfax tax payers pay more for ESOL
Posted by: twenty five millon ()
Date: September 11, 2012 08:54PM

Those numbers have profound financial implications for the school system, which spends
$3,300 per student for ESOL lessons, county budget records show. With 7,652 new students
in ESOL this year, that represents an additional $25.3 million.

Though federal law requires schools to offer English language lessons, federal funding
cannot be used for such instruction, putting most of the costs in the hands of local
governments.

“There is not an understanding in the community of how drastic this ESOL population
growth is,” said Fairfax School Board member Ryan McElveen (At-Large). “When you have
people that can’t speak the language and can’t learn other subjects because of that, it’s
going to be a major hindrance to their education.”

McElveen said the board allocated funds to the fiscal 2013 budget to hire about 160 new
ESOL teachers. Currently, 860 are on the faculty, officials said.

Immigrants have been fueling most of the population growth in Fairfax for years, census
figures show. More than one in four county residents are foreign-born, and one-third
speak a language other than English at home.


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Re: Fairfax tax payers pay more for ESOL
Posted by: Budget challenge ()
Date: September 11, 2012 08:57PM


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Re: Fairfax tax payers pay more for ESOL
Posted by: Arlingtonkid ()
Date: September 11, 2012 09:08PM

And people on here make fun of Manassas and Prince William? Another twenty years and Fairfax County will be a complete slum.

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Re: Fairfax tax payers pay more for ESOL
Posted by: Kurt S ()
Date: September 11, 2012 10:11PM

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Re: Fairfax tax payers pay more for ESOL
Posted by: just sayin' ()
Date: September 11, 2012 10:16PM

Plenty of Republican businessman are using the cheap labor. The jobs brought these people . . . if there were no jobs, they would not be here.

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Re: Fairfax tax payers pay more for ESOL
Posted by: green cards ()
Date: September 11, 2012 10:23PM

Why doesn't Fairfax check the legal status?

I know that sounds bad, but as a taxpayer in Fairfax County, I get tired of footing the bill for expenses that are over the top.

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Re: Fairfax tax payers pay more for ESOL
Posted by: You so smart ()
Date: September 11, 2012 10:49PM

just sayin' Wrote:
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> Plenty of Republican businessman are using the
> cheap labor. The jobs brought these people . . .
> if there were no jobs, they would not be here.

You have a breakdown of the party affliation of each business owner?

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