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July 10, 2019
As DREAM Act application goes live for NY students working to afford college, advocates turn to outreach, a key priority
The application, which went live July 3, stems from the Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act, which was among the first items supported and passed by state Democrats.
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July 2, 2019
Low-income students don’t always apply for financial aid for college. How this Queens school is trying to change that.
For four years, Karabelas has built a college and career planning team that holds events and reaches out to students.
June 11, 2019
For one undocumented student in Chicago, graduation marks both hard work and years of uncertainty
Itzayanna is undocumented, and she is graduating into one of the most supportive, and yet one of the most uncertain, times to be an immigrant student.
Updated May 1, 2019
Tennessee legislature approves compromise voucher proposal aimed at Memphis, Nashville
Gov. Bill Lee plans to sign compromise legislation affecting students and districts in Tennessee’s two largest cities.
Updated April 25, 2019
Days after historic House vote, education voucher plan clears Tennessee Senate
The Senate’s 20-13 vote on Thursday delivered Gov. Bill Lee a significant victory.
April 22, 2019
With education vouchers teetering in Tennessee, latest proposal targets Memphis and Nashville
A Senate amendment seeks to garner more legislative votes by limiting Gov. Bill Lee's education savings account plan to the state's two largest cities.
Updated April 10, 2019
Tennessee’s voucher proposal excludes undocumented students, making it vulnerable to legal challenge
Gov. Bill Lee and the GOP-controlled legislature stick with language that would require checking families’ immigration status to receive education savings accounts.
April 5, 2019
Is Tennessee governor’s voucher plan in trouble? Senate leader says it needs work.
Sen. Dolores Gresham is working on another version of the bill that has early momentum in the House but raises significant concerns for her chamber.
January 23, 2019
New York legislators pass DREAM Act
After years of stalled progress, a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition assistance passed through New York’s legislature…
December 10, 2018
A new law is helping undocumented students in New Jersey attend college, but challenges remain
Thanks to a New Jersey law passed in May, undocumented immigrant students are now eligible to receive state financial aid to attend college. But questions and challenges remain, as many schools and families don't yet know about the program, and some students fear that applying may lead to scrutiny that could result in deportation.
Updated September 17, 2018
How Chicago schools’ fingerprinting requirements are scaring away undocumented parents
After sex-abuse revelations, Chicago schools are fingerprinting more volunteers. But that's scaring away undocumented parents from campuses, critics say.
Getting to college
August 10, 2018
This undocumented student is ready for college. But in Indiana, it might be out of reach
Most high schools lack expertise — or even basic awareness — of how to guide students in Lester's situation through the college application process.
July 27, 2018
School budget protests, advice for new equity office, and cursive’s comeback
We’re Cassie Burke, Adeshina Emmanuel, and intern Elaine Chen. We round up Chicago public education news here every week. Please send any tips,…
June 26, 2018
Digging deeper into CPS’ background check policy
In the wake of shocking revelations of widespread sexual abuse of students, Chicago Public Schools is clinging tightly to plans to run new…
June 5, 2018
Asked again about school staff referring students to ICE, DeVos says ‘I don’t think they can’
Pressed to clarify her stance, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos initially avoided giving a clear answer.
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