District sees rise in immigrant population

Friday, August 28, 2009 | 3:07 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A south St. Louis County school district has begun the school year with an increase in its immigrant and refugee populations.

KSDK reports that the Bayless School District has just over 1,600 students; nearly half speak English as a second language.

Ten years ago, the St. Louis area was getting the first wave of resettlement refugees from around the world, especially Bosnia.

Now, 17 languages are spoken in Bayless' four schools attended by students from as far away as Bosnia, Vietnam, Albania, Somalia, Turkey and Russia.

The district established an English-language learning program after foreign-born students began moving in 10 years ago.


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