Immigrant Education: Information on the Emergency Immigrant Education Act Program
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HUMAN RESOURCES DIV
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The Emergency Immigrant Education Act of 1984 EIEA was enacted in response to the financial crisis facing school districts with large numbers of immigrant students. Although the approximately 2.1 to 2.7 million immigrant students represent only about 6 percent of the nations school-aged children, their geographic concentration has increased the financial burden of some school districts for educating these students, who generally have limited proficiency in English. School districts in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Texas are particularly affected. Through the EIEA program, the Congress reimburses school districts for part of the cost of educating these children. This report responds to the requirement in Public Law 100-297 that we review EIEA-funded programs and provides information for the Congress to consider at the next program reauthorization deliberations. Our review determined 1 how school districts use EIEA funds, 2 how many districts have EIEA-eligible immigrant students but receive no EIEA funds, and 3 how many EIEA students participate in other federally funded education programs.
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