Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Immigrants' Costs to Naperville Schools Reaches $2 Million

The education of the children of new immigrants costs the Naperville public school system, CUSD 203, a base of $2 million per school year based on an assessment of salaries paid to English as a second language (ESL) and bi-lingual education teachers.

Naperville schools employ 22 ESL and bi-lingual education teachers at salaries ranging from $41k to $110k per year for a total of $1,585,000.

With salary costs estimated to comprise 80 per cent of total educational expenses, the base estimate for educating recent immigrants in Naperville schools comes to $1,981,250.

In a May 6th letter from the Obama Administration's Department of Education, school districts have been discouraged from asking prospective enrollees as to the legality of their immigration status although it is not illegal for them to do so.