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"Immigration fuels school-building frenzy"

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The last time anyone undertook a project as massive as the Los Angeles Unified School District's current construction program, gymnast Mary Lou Retton was America's sweetheart...

The 10-year, $10 billion project, the biggest school-construction program in the nation, is nothing if not ambitious. The LAUSD plans to build 160 schools between 2002 and 2012, as well as expand and update some of its existing 800 facilities.

And yet when the project is officially completed in eight years, it won't be enough. That $10 billion will buy 162,000 seats, but projections are that, by 2012, the district will need an additional 33,700 seats, Mr. McConnell said.

Such is the size of the immigration wave into Los Angeles. With the state growing by about 600,000 people per year, virtually all of it from immigration, the school system can't keep pace with the growth...

Immigration2003 · Mon, 04/26/2004 - 12:53 · Importance: 1