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This small town, devastated by floods, welcomed Syrian immigrants. They're now paying it back.

The first time Majd AlGhatrif saw this historic mill town of colonial buildings at the confluence of the Patapsco and Tiber rivers, he thought of Syria. The structures, built of gray stone, and the history they evoked, reminded him of the timelessness and architecture of his hometown, Sweida, in southern Syria. He soon bought a house here, in 2013, then opened Syriana Cafe & Gallery, in 2016, and came to view everything about Ellicott City's people — their kindness and decency — as an antidote to the fear others were expressing over Syrian immigrants like him. So when floods again ripped through here in May, killing a Maryland National Guardsman, closing businesses up and down its historic district and producing images of destruction recalling the floods of 2016, he vowed to do anything he could to help a community that had become his own.

Latino Enrollment Shrank Where Police Worked With Federal Immigration Authorities

New evidence has emerged that cooperation between local law-enforcement officials and federal immigration authorities can drive immigrant students and their families from schools. Such voluntary partnerships between the federal government and 55 jurisdictions may have uprooted 300,000 Hispanic children from their schools between 2000 and 2011, according to a Stanford University study released last month.

We Teach Rhode Island: RIC is Responding to Shortage of ELL-Certified Teachers

Like many school districts across the country, Rhode Island’s public school system is facing one of the fastest-growing populations of English language learners (ELLs). This population now represents eight percent of all students statewide and 23 percent of Providence students, according to U.S. Rep. James Langevin '90. The problem is that there aren't enough teachers certified to teach these students. Hundreds of ELL-certified teachers are needed. And Rhode Island College is responding to that need.

Report on Title III Implementation Highlights Key Data Points in EL Education

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a report highlighting the educational landscape for English learners (ELs) and how Title III funds are being used to support their learning. The Biennial Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Title III State Formula Grant Program is mandated by law and provides data from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico on a variety of indicators including funding, demographics of the EL subgroup, language programs for ELs, accountability metrics for current and monitored former ELs and teaching staff to work with ELs.

Synagogue Shooting Tests Pittsburgh, A Community Proud of Welcoming Refugees

Resettled to this city's southern suburbs after 20 years in Nepalese refu­gee camps, Bhanu Phuyel has acclimated and prospered. In the nine years since two Jewish refu­gee agencies helped him join this community, Phuyel has worked at McDonald's and the post office, as a long-haul trucker and as a caretaker for older people, he said. In 2013, he opened his own jewelry store, and he has since purchased rental apartments. But this week, Bhutanese refugees such as Phuyel and the aid agencies that brought him here were disturbingly reminded that there are those who do not welcome them in Pittsburgh.

Squirrel Hill: Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

Fred Rogers, the public television star, was one of Squirrel Hill's most famous residents. He also, in times of crisis, had advice for the media and those watching.