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Community Groups Gather To Advocate For More Inclusive Newcomer Program

August 3, 2018 – A coalition of community organizations held a press conference in Albuquerque this week to raise concerns about a newcomer program in the Albuquerque Public Schools system.

Kay Bounkea, executive director of the Asian American Family Center, says her group and others had previously shared recommendations for the program. They argued it should include both immigrants and refugees. They also requested that APS help address transportation needs and other needs for families who are struggling financially. Advocates also asked for any newcomer program to focus on high school students who need both language instruction and assistance in catching up on grade-level content. Instead, the newcomer program at La Mesa Elementary School will focus on refugee students in grades K-6.

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