Portland, Maine: Impact of the 13 Percent

My last blog post pointed out the huge difference between the foreign-born population in Portland, Maine and the rest of the state. This 2010 story from WLBZ News drives this point home. According to this report, Portland “has become so diverse that 23 percent of its overall school population is now learning English as a second or even third language.”

“When Principal Mike McCarthy got to King Middle School 23 years ago, just 3 percent of the population was foreign born,” the article reads. “Now it’s climbed to 30 percent and growing all the time.”

Read the article in its entirety and click on the image below to watch a short video produced on the school.

Increasing immigrant population in Portland putting pressure on school resources - WLBZ News

Increasing immigrant population in Portland putting pressure on school resources – WLBZ News

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