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20k Migrants Mix In NYC School System

Martin Bureau
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New York City school students are back for the first day of school and asylum seeker children at there as well.

The mayor and schools chancellor welcomed students back in the Bronx for another school year. Chancellor David Banks says there are around 20 thousand migrants in the school system this year and more are expected. He says many of them were here last year and they made great strides learning.

"By the end of the year, already speaking English. It is the story of New York City. We don't treat people as outsiders. We welcome them with open arms."

He then announced they are allowing hundreds of qualified tenured teachers to shift to bilingual education without having to restart their tenure. That he says that will help with the influx of mostly Spanish speaking migrant children. Meanwhile, Banks says his top priority is getting all students reading on grade level.