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Lamar Smith

Texas schools pressed to accommodate influx of young immigrants

Texas schools pressed to accommodate influx of young immigrants

A year ago, the Las Americas Newcomer Middle School serving the low-income Gulfton neighborhood started the semester with 150 immigrant and refugee students. When the new school year began last month, enrollment skyrocketed to 325 students, most of them newly arrived from Central America. "It's put a burden on me because I've run out of space," Principal Maria Moreno said of the school's dozen portable classrooms set up behind another middle school. She hired five new teachers and a social worker, converted a teacher lounge and school police office into classrooms and used surplus funds to buy projectors, laptops and desktop computers. But she has still had to...

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