State Officials Hear Woes About the Cost of Foreign Students

By: Chay Lee
By: Chay Lee

The Harrisonburg City Council and School Board had their second joint meeting Tuesday.

The main issue on the table was federal mandates concerning limited English proficiency students. Delegates Glen Geatherholtz and Mark Obenshain came out to hear from city officials.

The limited English proficiency student population is number one in the state, and the city says it needs help.

LEP students cost about 25 percent more per child to educate. The city asked the delegates to help lead the charge in getting more funding and the delegates heard their cry.

"We will certainly reach out to our colleagues who are concerned about this, and already have been reaching out to them and talking about this for some time," says Obenshain.

The Harrisonburg City Council and School Board are going to request a joint meeting with the Rockingham County City Council and School Board to discuss the best way to get additional funding.

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