State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today applauded new guidelines to protect the rights of undocumented students and their families at California’s more than 10,000 public schools.
State Attorney General Xavier Becerra developed the Promoting a Safe and Secure Learning Environment for All: Guidance and Model Policies to Assist California K–12 Schools in Responding to Immigration Issues guide External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), to help schools develop policies to safeguard the privacy and personal information of students.
“This guide gives students, parents, educators, and the public, valuable information about the laws and the limits of immigration enforcement,” said Torlakson. “It’s a big step forward in support of all of our efforts to make sure students and their parents, regardless of citizenship status, feel safe and welcome at public schools.”
Last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring the Attorney General to issue guidance to help California’s public K–12 schools and other local educational agencies develop policies to protect the rights of undocumented students.
Source: New Guidelines for Undocumented Students – Year 2018 (CA Dept of Education)
By John Glidden
Nearly eight months after passing a resolution declaring the Vallejo school district a safe haven for immigrants, trustees are expected to mull over a resolution Wednesday declaring support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
President Donald Trump’s administration announced in early September it would wind down the program which offered relief and work permits to about 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally.
“This announcement discourages students, especially undocumented students, from attending schools, as is their legal right,” the Vallejo City Unified School District resolution reads. “This creates a negative fiscal impact to schools, and jeopardizes the ability of schools to prepare students for the demands of the 21st century.”
Source: Vallejo school board asked to support DACA resolution
By Ryan McCarthy
A resolution supporting a diverse, educated population – including students in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – won support from Solano Community College trustees.
Trustees meeting Wednesday approved the resolution that also notes that the California Community College Chancellor’s Office condemned DACA’s end as “a heartless and senseless decision that goes against American ideals and basic human decency.”
“Solano Community College is committed to educating every member of our community through the provision of an educational environment that supports and protects students from any disruption that may impair their right to an education,” the resolution read in part.
Source: Solano College trustees support DACA, diverse student body