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A hub of immigrants, Owings Mills High looks for new education models

A hub of immigrants, Owings Mills High looks for new education models

In a crowded math class at Owings Mills High School, students from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico strained to comprehend what their teacher was saying. They could barely understand the English words she used, much less figure out the equations she was having them solve.

A boy at the front of the class helped by providing some translation, but some students were visibly perplexed. The chances of these newcomers becoming fluent enough in English to master their high school classes in coming years is small. Only about one in 10 immigrant seniors at Owings Mills graduated on time last year.

As the Baltimore region scrambles to educate the flow of refugees from...

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