Kansas anticipates more students needing help with English

English language learners cost more to educate

May 08, 2018 - 9:40 pm

The Kansas Association of School Boards has issued new projections that show an overall drop in Wichita student enrollment.  However, the number of students who aren't native English speakers are likely to increase from about 23% to about 27% in 2023.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the change is part of a statewide trend. The number of students in Kansas public schools rose about 1% from 2012-2017. Over the same period, the number of English language learners increased nearly 42%.

School officials say English language learners cost more to educate because they require additional services.

Figures show most English learners were born in the U.S.

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