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Baltimore County schools are rapidly adding students. More than half are immigrants or speak another language.

Baltimore County schools are rapidly adding students. More than half are immigrants or speak another language.

Baltimore County’s school system is absorbing a wave of immigrants that has fueled rising enrollments the past few years, adding thousands of students who teachers say are enriching their schools but also stretching the system to find additional seats and new ways to teach them.

Just since Oct. 1, more than 900 new students have enrolled in the county school system — and 710 of them spoke English only as a second language, if at all.

The county school system has grown steadily over the past decade, a sign, Interim Superintendent Verletta White likes to say, that the system is successful and attractive to parents. But the large numbers of new students are also taxing the...

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