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Brooklyn's PS217 Thrives With Multicultural Student Body

Carmen Farina is called Chancellor. She is in charge of the New York City Public Schools, and she did not speak English entering first grade. It may be, though, because of Farina’s childhood experience that a new initiative to aid non-English-speaking immigrant school children is being implemented throughout the city. She remembers vividly what it was like. “I started school at a time where if you spoke another language you almost were invisible, and I tell the story because I also see...

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