The Potomac News is reporting that Prince William County has seen another increase (albeit lower than last year’s increase) in the number of “Limited English Proficiency” (LEP) students who require ESOL programs to 13,409 students, 84% whose principal language is Spanish, while Manassas City Schools have seen their ESOL enrollments drop to 1,747 students with 2,148 identified as LEP.
Given that we spend an average of $10,496 per pupil on average in Prince William County schools, that would mean that we’re spending approximately $140,740,864 in state and local taxes educating students who are either legal or illegal immigrants. If we could only determine what portion of this population are illegal aliens, we’d be in a lot better shape to evaluate what the true costs of illegal immigration are in Prince William County and have a solid basis to determine what sort of public policy we need to have in regards to educating illegal aliens in our school system. If this is costing us $50 million a year, maybe a challenge to the Supreme Court decision Plyer v. Doe which establishes that our public schools are required to provide a free public education for illegal aliens makes economic sense.
At least Manassas City has seen a decrease in LEP enrollments, which results in a potential savings of over $1 million, using the same per-pupil costs. It’s hard to determine what impact local policies regarding illegal aliens has had on these enrollment figures, but there’s a case to be argued here that Help Save Manassas may have already saved area taxpayers millions of dollars.
And to think that federal elected officials are contemplating providing taxpayer funding to the tune of $5-10 million a year to the National Council of La Raza, for them to use in coddling illegal aliens. Where’s the return on investment in that?
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