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Texas Schools Expect New Students From Border Crisis

Updated: Friday, August 1 2014, 06:26 PM CDT

Children continue to flood into Texas from Central America and state leaders have authorized $1.3 million dollars a week to help keep them safe. But with summer coming to an end, all these children will have another need.

The huge influx of school-age children begs the obvious question: How is this going to impact our schools?  

The Texas Education Agency says the state is prepared to carry out its legal obligation. Gene Acuna, communications director for TEA says, "If there's a legal guardian, if there's a parent here that did migrate with the child and they show up to enroll their child in school then there is a legal obligation to educate them."

Right now the state doesn't expect your child's school to have more than the usual number of new students. 

Acuna says, "The state always anticipates an increase in student population, so we've allocated for roughly 80,000 new students this year."

But growth comes at a price. FAIR-- the Federation for American Immigration Reform -- warns the legislature should get ready to spend $8.5 billion to educate school children who came here illegally.  

Acuna says the legislature and various state agencies under the governor's office have already begun looking at all the contingencies. The problem is they still don't know how many children to expect.

By Fred Cantu

Texas Schools Expect New Students From Border Crisis


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