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SACRAMENTO BEE | January 21, 2017

Schools scramble to hire bilingual aides as more refugee students arrive

“In the San Juan district, 49 schools have at least one refugee.  Three schools have close to 400 refugees: Encina Preparatory High, Dyer-Kelly Elementary and Howe Avenue Elementary.

“In the last school year, approximately 3,000 refugees of all ages arrived locally, said Kirt Lewis of the Sacramento office of World Relief, one of four area refugee resettlement agencies. Another 3,000 have been projected for the current fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, he said.”

Four years ago, by comparison, only 850 refugees were resettled locally.

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