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New York Schools Serving Immigrants See Drop in Enrollment

New York schools serving immigrants have seen enrollment drop at three times the rate of the citywide average.

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New York schools that serve new immigrants to the United States are witnessing a dramatic drop in enrollment. Enrollment at Pan American International High School in Elmhurst is down 18 percent from last year. Others in the network of schools Pan American belongs to have also seen significant drops, nine percent on average. That’s three times the citywide average of enrollment reduction, according to Chalkbeat. Administrators are worried about the students who dropped out, but also the financial ramifications of lower enrollment. The drop stems from immigration restrictions and family issues amid the coronavirus pandemic. Chalkbeat 

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