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Master's Professional Reports Abstract

Meeting the Needs of Newcomers: Immigrant Education Policy in the Los Angeles Unified School District

Despite record levels of immigration to the United States during the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s, federal and state policies to educate immigrant students are extremely limited. As a result, school districts with large immigrant populations must develop and support their own strategies to meet the educational needs of these children and adolescents. Such districts can look to the Los Angeles Unified School District as a model of resourcefulness and commitment to educating young newcomers. With a long history of receiving immigrant students and the largest concentration of recent immigrant youths in the United States, the district has developed a number of innovative and effective immigrant education strategies. The purpose of this report is to examine and evaluate the district's practices, highlighting those that are successful and suggesting improvements in others.

--Author's foreword.


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