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Brooklyn's PS217 Thrives Like a Mini UN


Carmen Farina is Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools, and she did not speak English entering first grade. Now she is leading an initiative to aid non-English-speaking immigrant school children throughout the city. Schools are educating 1.1 million students in the five boroughs, including almost 400,000 children who come from households where English is not spoken. One of the shining lights in this effort is Public School 217, a Brooklyn elementary school.

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