5:02 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Bus Duty Helps a JCPS Teacher Connect With New Students

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

It’s back to school for nearly 100,000 Jefferson County public school students.

On Wednesday morning, about 250 of those students rolled up in nearly a dozen buses to Newcomer Academy, located in west Louisville.

Newcomer is a school for students who are learning English as a second language. The school serves many of the district’s refugee and immigrant students—many of whom came to the U.S. knowing little or no English.

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Back to School
7:00 am
Tue August 12, 2014

What JCPS Is Doing to Accommodate 'Explosive Growth' In 'English as a Second Language' Students

Nurradin Hussein at home this summer with his family. He quickly learned English and he credits the Newcomer Academy, which serves refugee students and others who need extra supports.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

 Nurradin Hussein, 18, knew several languages when he arrived in Louisville last year.

English wasn't one of them.

“When I go to class, I quiet,” said Hussein, whose family were refugees in Malaysia after fleeing anti-Muslim violence in Burma. “And I listen. But I don’t understand what [the] teacher is talking about.”

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Art Breaks Down Barriers for Refugee Women in Louisville

Women in Kentucky Refugee Ministries art therapy program show off the bracelets they made .
Credit Ashlie Stevens / WFPL News

  Sounds of different languages layered the air, competing and melding, as a group of women did their best to communicate with their neighbors in Spanish, Arabic, French, Lao and broken English. A dozen refugee mothers gathered around a folding table in the basement fellowship hall of Highland Baptist Church, waiting for the classes they take through Kentucky Refugee Ministries to start.

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Local News
6:58 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Influx of Young Refugees Pinches Kentucky Refugee Services' Budget


An increase of undocumented children coming into America is expected to reduce the funding for services available to displaced people living in Kentucky and across the U.S.

Kentucky Office for Refugees officials expect to see a $2.28 million cut in federal funding to provide refugees in Kentucky with services such as English language learning, career development and housing placement. 

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