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A nation of immigrants

Each year, many new immigrant children enroll in AmericaĆ­s schools. The changing demographics have created an ongoing need to find ways to teach children who have limited English proficiency (LEP)

and sometimes little formal education.

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The following states have the highest percentage of students with limited English proficiency (LEP).

California 1,480,527 24.9%

New Mexico 76,661 23.6%

Alaska 19,721 14.8%

Arizona 125,311 14.7%

Texas 554,949 13.9%

Nevada 40,469 12.4%

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Florida 235,181 9.9%

Utah 41.306 8.6%

Colorado 60,031 8.5%

New York 228,730 8.0%

Oregon 43,845 8.0%

Source: NEA Today (May 2002)