Fort Worth Revamps Language Services, Citing Refugee Decline

FORT WORTH (AP) — Fort Worth school officials are retooling the English as a Second Language program they offer refugee students from non-Spanish-speaking countries because fewer such refugees are being sent to Tarrant County.

The refugee students mostly flee war, religious prejudice or persecution in their native countries. The county’s refugee learners arrived from countries that include Vietnam, Bosnia, Somalia, Sudan and Syria.

For the past 25 years, the school district has provided English as a Second Language Services through a language center plan that sends students to central locations.

The district’s ESL officials said that plans are underway to eliminate seven language facilities for elementary students that serve refugees and newcomers, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

“It’s the refugee population and the refugee population has dwindled recently,”…

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