By Richard Bammer
Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders on Thursday will cast up or down votes to determine if Solano County’s largest school district will be a “safe haven” for all students.
The board’s decision will come some seven weeks after state schools chief Tom Torlakson released a letter — sent to county and school district superintendents, charter school leaders and principals — encouraging California’s 10,500 public schools be declared safe havens for students and their parents and to remind families about existing laws that protect students’ records from questions about immigration status. Some large districts, Los Angeles Unified and Sacramento City Unified, have already declared themselves to be safe havens, two districts, among many others statewide with sizable populations of Hispanics, students of color, and diverse religious beliefs.
Torlakson’s letter came, of course, after Donald Trump’s election as president in November, following a campaign that promised to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, to deport 11 million illegal immigrants, most of them Hispanic, the latter promise toned down in the wake of nationwide outrage, to booting out only those with criminal records.