GEORGIA (AP) – Georgia public schools are facing challenges beyond just teaching English to several thousand Central American children who have come here fleeing violence in their home countries.
The federal government in the past three years has placed more than 3,900 of these migrant children with relatives or other sponsors in Georgia. That’s out of more than 103,000 total who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without their parents.
Roughly 62 percent of the new arrivals in Georgia have settled in six metro Atlanta counties, many of which already have robust programs for teaching English because of rising Latino populations.
But Allison Ashe of the youth charity Covenant House Georgia says these children face more than a language barrier. She says many are far behind educationally and are dealing with serious trauma.