With an estimated 55,000 unaccompanied youth entering the United States from Central America, states are faced with the issue of how to care for and educate these youth. A large number are held in detention centers to await the state’s decision to allow them to stay or to be deported. These “unaccompanied minors” may be without family or shelter, and with little knowledge of the English language. School districts are working out how many students to accept and how to classify them. In Oakland, CA, district leaders have approved the use of private funds to hire specialists to serve these minors by providing them resources ranging from shelter to legal and emotional counselling.
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