There’s good news for school districts in cities across Texas working with the cheap labor refugee industry to flood your community elementary, middle or high school with more non-English speaking students requiring treatment at the new lice centers opening up across the state. They can (and have) applied for the Targeted Assistance Discretionary Refugee School Impact Grant which uses your tax dollars to “help” refugee students and their families access the public school system.
For the budget period August 15, 2015 through August 14, 2016 your tax dollars went to school districts in Austin, Dallas, and Houston and to resettlement/ social service agencies in Fort Worth and San Antonio under the (RSI) grant.
Some of the services provided to these “students” and their families included:
- Facilitation of communication between students, parents, school personnel, resettlement agencies, and community organizations
- Referral to psychiatric services.
- Monitoring of academic, behavioral, and attendance problems
- Parent Orientation and Q & A session for Arabic-speaking parents
- Guiding students through the YMCA’s 8th grade Refugee Scholarship Program, and
- Orientation on US cultural norms-personal hygiene
Documents provided by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services revealed outcomes, accomplishments and observations from the grant funds:
“A total of 2,300 refugee students and parents received School Impact services during this semiannual reporting period (94 percent of the state projection of 2,448 refugees served). This total included 1,385 school-age refugee children and 915 parents.”
“There continued to be large numbers of Iraqi, Burmese, and Afghani families in need of services across the state. Other large groups included families from Cuba, Congo, Somalia, and Iran.”
People imported by the cheap labor refugee industry also migrate from their destination city to neighborhoods and school districts across the state:
“The number of refugees who resettled and/or migrated to Texas is among the highest in the U.S. Refugees are concentrated in multiple, large metropolitan areas, as well as smaller cities and towns across the state. In larger cities, some refugee families live in metropolitan neighborhoods that spread across different school districts.”
And, depending on your perspective, that glut of vacant apartments in existence and currently under construction in the Harris/ Fort Bend County area sitting empty can easily be filled by people imported by the cheap labor refugee industry who need services funded by more and more of YOUR tax dollars:
“Due to the location of affordable housing, there are concentrations of refugee families in areas of cities where low-income housing is available, resulting in a concentration of refugee students in various campuses. However, refugee families reside and attend schools throughout each community, especially in larger cities. This distribution, coupled with the diversity of refugees typical in most Texas cities, means that in many schools multiple languages and ethnicities are represented. This increases the challenge to focus resources on translation and interpretation services.”
According to these documents, one “promising” program was launched in Alief ISD which is adjacent to Fort Bend ISD:
“Alief ISD hired a refugee liaison to expand collaborative partnerships with resettlement agencies and other service providers in the Houston area, including the Houston Independent School District. The Alief refugee liaison helped to address the needs of refugee students in the Houston/Harris County region, which continues to resettle record numbers of refugees each year.”
Read the documents here.2016 1st semi-annual RSIG report (1)