DISD had the most filings of any North Texas entity, with 380 requests for H-1B visas and five for permanent visas.Some analysis suggests there has been a recent reduction in illegal immigration. Are we seeing an influx of immigrants from other parts of the country into Dallas or is this evidence of a policy change in the DISD? I wonder how many of these "students with limited English proficiency" are US citizens (i.e. anchor babies)?
"We're obviously trying to find more bilingual teachers to help us with our population," said school district spokesman Jon Dahlander. Students with limited English proficiency now number 53,785 in DISD, or 34 percent of total enrollment.
Dahlander added that despite job cuts of about 1,000 positions this school year, "we will be making new requests in April." He said he didn't know how many.[Dallas ISD, area firms sought hundreds of worker visas amid job losses, March 30, 2009]