Race and Equity

LISTEN: In this Kentucky town, refugees can choose a separate high school

Will it help students integrate into the community?

The town of Bowling Green, Kentucky, has opened a small public high school solely aimed at serving refugee and immigrant students.

The idea is that by separating these students, their unique needs can be met so they will be more successful when they graduate and hopefully integrate into the community. But some experts question if this practice is a form of segregation and will maintain divisions within cities and towns.

As part of The Hechinger Report’s new partnership with APM Reports, the national documentary and investigative unit of American Public Media, Hechinger Report staff writer Meredith Kolodner discusses what she found in reporting her story about challenges for refugee students and explains how Bowling Green’s model works on this week’s episode of the Educate podcast.



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