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August 7, 2017
Immigrant families get rock star treatment on the first day back to school in Memphis
Neighbors, faith leaders and advocacy groups gather at 25 Memphis schools to welcome immigrant families on the first day back from summer break.
July 31, 2017
Tennessee education group campaigns against new threats to DACA and undocumented immigrants
The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition urges U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker to show national leadership in the DACA debate as new threats emerge.
June 16, 2017
Trump administration says DACA protections will stay for now — a temporary win for undocumented educators, students
The ultimate fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, is unclear.
May 17, 2017
‘I have hidden my legal status for 11 years’: A disillusioned high school senior speaks out
A new group called Teens Take Charge recently hosted an open-mic event featuring the voices of high school students from across the city. Here's what they said.
May 16, 2017
Aurora school board approves resolution to protect immigrant students, though some raise questions
The resolution largely affirms practices the district already uses in dealing with immigrant students such as prohibiting the collection of their legal status.
May 15, 2017
Chancellor Fariña visits Queens school to reassure families after immigration agents came knocking
Elsewhere in the country, immigration crackdowns have led parents to keep children home from school.
April 11, 2017
Tennessee House committee denies in-state tuition to 13,000 immigrant students
One again, the bill dies by a single vote in front of a packed audience that included students who would have benefitted from more affordable tuition.
April 6, 2017
Did immigration agents get too close to a Denver school? City, district officials raise questions
Denver city, school and court officials wrote to ICE with concerns about recent immigration actions.
March 1, 2017
Dear Mr. President: Immigrant students in Denver tweet to Trump about why their families make America great
School leaders will deliver the collected tweets to Colorado's congressional delegation during a trip to Washington.
nation of immigrants
March 1, 2017
Could fear of Trump’s immigration policies keep New York City students out of school?
Despite assurances from the city that it will safeguard students’ personal information, advocates worry that immigrant families could leave schools next.
call for more
February 28, 2017
Advocates gather in Brooklyn to demand more action for immigrant students
In this climate of fear, advocates argue the city’s education department should put an immigrant liaison in every school.
February 28, 2017
Hundreds of students walked out of a Memphis high school on Tuesday. Three students explain why.
About 200 students at Kingsbury High stage a peaceful walkout to call attention to the experiences and fears of the school’s immigrant and minority populations.
February 23, 2017
Hundreds of education leaders from charter schools, nonprofits denounce Trump’s travel ban
Education leaders are increasingly open to weighing in on political matters that they think connect to their mission.
February 16, 2017
Why some Tennessee students skipped school for ‘A Day Without Immigrants’
The boycott was felt in numerous schools in Memphis and Nashville, which have growing populations of immigrant students.
cutting for a cause
February 7, 2017
Here’s what three student protesters had to say about immigration, education and Betsy DeVos
Hundreds of New York City high school students walked out of class on Tuesday to protest President Donald Trump.
homework and activism
February 7, 2017
NYC high school students are planning to walk out of class Tuesday. This Bronx teen helped organize them
"These issues collectively will affect the younger generation and we should be able to have a say in it.”
February 6, 2017
As anxiety grows after Trump’s executive orders, what protections do immigrant students have in NYC schools?
New York City schools are places where data and documents are collected. Can advocates and city official keeps that information private?
January 31, 2017
As Trump seeks to keep some immigrants and refugees out, Nashville’s school community declares all are welcome
Superintendent Shawn Joseph, administrators and teachers double down on efforts to make immigrant and refugee students feel safe at school.
January 30, 2017
Despite Trump immigration crackdown, city tells students and families: ‘We stand with you’
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Commissioner Nisha Agarwal of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs are trying to reassure parents with a letter home.
January 20, 2017
What Trump’s inauguration means for one undocumented Nashville student-turned-teacher
Carlos Ruiz is a graduate of Nashville public schools and a high school Spanish teacher in Denver. He's also an undocumented immigrant.
December 6, 2016
New network launches to highlight policies impacting Tennessee’s immigrant students
Tennessee’s growing immigrant population spawns a network for educators, parents and advocates of students who are learning to speak English.
November 15, 2016
Flooded with questions after Trump win, Denver Public Schools produces immigration fact sheet
The fact sheet assures families that students have a right to a public education regardless of their immigration status.
After the election
November 11, 2016
Inside one Nashville afterschool program, homework and deportation questions happen side by side
All semester, sprinkled amid homework, computer games, and arts and crafts, Nashville students shared anxiety induced by Trump’s campaign promises to limit immigration.
October 7, 2016
New York City students talk about voting — and Donald Trump
In the onslaught of campaign TV ads this presidential election season, you may have seen this one: children sit in front of a TV screen watching Donald Trump deliver divisive comments about immigrants, women and people with disabilities. The ad wraps up with a message: “Our children are watching.” Apparently, so are New York City teenagers. Chalkbeat caught up with a handful of students this week as they registered to vote for the first time at an event organized by the New York Immigration Coalition. The group visited schools across the five boroughs, making sure teens didn’t miss out on the chance to cast their first ballot. Here’s what three teens at Pathways to Graduation at Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, an alternative school for older students working toward a high school equivalency degree, had to say about registering to vote, presidential politics and their hopes for the future. Tyrone Alexis, 19, Canarsie Tyrone Alexis wasn’t planning to vote. Then he got a crash course in civics from the New York Immigration Coalition. “They just said that basically the world gave us opportunity,” he said. “That’s the only power we get towards the government.” That was enough to convince him. Now that he’s registered, Alexis said he feels empowered -- and plans to make voting a social affair. “My friends, they plan to vote. We’re going to go together,” he said. The first ballot he’ll cast will be for Hillary Clinton, Alexis said. He was swayed by revelations that Trump may have avoided paying federal income taxes for almost two decades, as reported by the New York Times. “Hillary thinks that people that make a lot of money should pay more taxes than the people who don’t make a lot of money,” he said. Also on his mind as he heads to the ballot box: what kinds of work will be available once he and his friends enter the labor market. “We should get more jobs,” Alexis said. “That’s a big impact on the generation now." Kevin Narcisse, 19, Brooklyn Kevin Narcisse was born in the U.S., but his parents are from Haiti. Though he described his mom as a regular voter, Narcisse himself has yet to cast a ballot. Trump's stance on immigration convinced him to change that. “He wants our people, our moms and dads, to go back to their country. And that’s why I’m voting for Hillary," he said. "I don’t want to see my mom and dad to go back to their country."
The big lift
April 19, 2016
Tennessee has an upward mobility problem. Can schools help?
State education leaders brainstorm about entrenched inequality — and schools’ role in reversing it.
April 22, 2015
Charter innovations show promising results for teaching language
As the number of English language learners in Indianapolis charter schools swells, some schools are becoming beacons for a fast-growing Latino population.
April 19, 2015
‘One-way street’ for immigrant integration in schools
Schools focus on English learners but often overlook cultural understanding of their U.S.-born classmates.
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