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About 7% of school age children in Maryland have illegal immigrant as a parent

About 7% of the school age children in Maryland and other states have at least one parent who is an illegal immigrant, according to a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center, but four out of five of these children were born in the United States and are U.S. citizens.

Extrapolating from these estimates for this story, that could mean that as many as 60,000 children in Maryland public schools have at least one parent who is an “unauthorized immigrant,” as the Pew Hispanic Center prefers to call them, but only about 10,000 of the kids are foreign born. A federal court ruling said states must educate children, regardless of their immigration status.

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Maryland schools stay at number one

Maryland public schools remain tops in the nation for the second year in a row, according to the latest report card by Education Week magazine, released Wednesday.

The state school system even moved up a notch to a B+ from last year’s B. With a score of 87.5, Maryland is 3.5 points ahead of its nearest competitor, New York, and a full five points ahead of Massachusetts, which it barely edged out last year.

Virginia schools are number 4 with a B-, moving down 1 point this year to 83.2. Maryland’s higher grade this year partly reflects big improvement in a section of the report card on “the teaching profession.”

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