New London's Board of Education has been getting attention recently for adopting a policy that will require all students beginning in 2015 to know English before they can graduate. As WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the requirement reaches beyond the school district’s large student immigrant population.
A little more than half of New London tenth graders are proficient in reading and writing. Some point to the school district's diverse population as a reason. Almost thirty countries are represented in the student body.