The article “Schools feel pinch” [News, Nov. 1] tells us that a sharp rise in poverty among children is straining finances of many of our schools. In seven years, the poverty rate among children and youth jumped 53.2 percent in Nassau and Suffolk counties from 2007 to 2014. The article quoted a report by the New York State Council of School Superintendents that said 9.9 percent of children through age 17 live in poverty on Long Island.
The article also states, “The increase in the percentage of English-language learners on the Island also outstripped the rise statewide, reflecting the effect of more immigrant households. The number of such children on the Island rose 32.1 percent from 2007 to 2014.”
Since 2014, roughly 5,970 unaccompanied minors have come to Long Island. They are being educated at taxpayer expense, most requiring English as a second language and other supplemental courses.
For every dollar spent on these non-citizens, a dollar is lost that could have gone to educating U.S. citizens. We are rapidly importing poverty into our country at great cost.
Robert F. LaPorta, Dix Hills