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Idaho’s Newcomers

About 2,690 immigrant students attended Idaho schools in 2015-16 — slightly less than 1 percent of the state’s overall student enrollment. Debate over refugee education has little to do with test scores or graduation rates. The debate instead centers on national and homeland security. In this series, journalist Kevin Richert and multimedia specialist Andrew Reed met with students, educators and Idahoans most affected by the debate. Here are their findings.

In Boise’s Bridge Programs, immigrants learn to be students

Refugee education programs become embroiled in national debate

Refugee education hinges on a co-teaching model

Twin Falls reaffirms support for refugee program