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Mass Immigration and Education: An Excerpt From John Tanton`s Latest Project

[Peter Brimelow writes:

The legendary

John Tanton
, founder of

and driving force
behind the

Social Contract Magazine
has shanghaied a

of immigration
reform stalwarts into contributing chapters to a new
fact-packed book,

Common Sense On Mass Immigration
conveniently timed for this year`s election. Besides
being available online, it can be ordered in tree
form by clicking


Rereading my contribution,

Mass Immigration And Education
which we post in VDARE.COM hyperlinked form below, I
think I should have emphasized how much of this impact
is unnecessary—Americans are stuck with educating more
than a million children of illegal immigrants because of

Plyler vs. Doe,
yet another absurd Supreme Court decision, which
Congress could easily


Edwin S. Rubenstein
working on quantifying this for us.

Still, there`s plenty of impact to go around!

There`s a heated debate about
whether American K-12 education has declined. (My

conclusion: probably yes, taking into
account the increased dropout rate.) But what can`t be
denied is increased cost. Per pupil expenditure rose
from $2,290 in 1980 to $8,745 in 2002. [Table
] K-12 education now costs $415 billion, about
four percent of Gross Domestic Product.

Immigration—and not the often-cited

"baby boom echo"
—is driving the school-age
population increase. Immigrants are

younger and tend to have more children
. Thus they
account for a disproportionate share of the growth in
enrollment and costs. In 2000, about 8 million of the
total 53 million school-age (5-17) children in the U.S.
were the offspring of immigrants who had arrived since
1970. This is equal

to all of the growth in the school-age population

over in the last 20 years. Immigration adds not merely
to the

total cost
of K-12 education, but to
per-pupil costs.
School districts must hire

specially trained teachers
and institute new
programs. Bringing a student with limited English skills
to average performance levels requires spending an
additional $10,000 per student, according to a recent

case study
. Although there are no national estimates
(why not?), bilingual education probably adds $4 billion
to education expenditures in California alone.

Ironically, immigrant students who
go through some type of
bilingual education appear to earn significantly
less than their counterparts in English immersion
classes. Many immigrant students

drop out
anyway. Almost half (44%) of Hispanic
immigrants ages 16 to 24 do not have a high school
diploma. [Supplemental
Table 3.3b

School violence
is more frequently encountered in
districts with high concentrations of immigrants. So is
remedial education.

Even immigrants who stick it out
and go to

suffer relative to natives. College bound
Latinos and Mexican-Americans were the

only major ethnic groups
for which verbal SAT scores
declined between 1987 and 2003.

As an

immigrant myself,
what seems to me to be the real
question is: What is the impact on American children of
having their

classrooms filled with foreigners
? Recently, I asked
a leading education expert whether there was any

research on the subject.

"Not only is there no research,"
she said, "but there isn`t going to be any
research—because no one wants to know the answer."

The answer, however, wants to know

Brimelow, M.B.A.
Editor of

and author of the much-denounced

Alien Nation: Common Sense About America`s Immigration
(Random House –