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City schools ramp up efforts to hire bilingual teachers

Posted 12/8/23

Amid a surge in students from families seeking asylum, the city public school system is looking to address a shortage of bilingual educators while members of the City Council and other advocates are calling for more staff to work with students living in shelters.

About 32,000 students in temporary housing have enrolled in city public schools since July 2022, the vast majority of them children from asylum-seeking families. For years, New York City public schools have faced shortages of bilingual and English-as-a-second-language teachers, but the influx of students who don’t speak English and have gaps in their education has presented increased challenges at a time when the school system is facing budget cuts.

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