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Thank You Letters from Undocumented Students


The editors of Education Week got an e-mail message this week from Yvonne Watterson, an Arizona principal who was recently featured in the New York Times for becoming an advocate for her undocumented high school students. She raised funds to pay for some of her students to take college courses, given that Arizona has a new law that denies undocumented students the opportunity to pay in-state tuition rates at colleges and universities. (See "Arizona Principal Goes into 'Advocacy Mode.' ")


In her e-mail, Ms. Watterson let us know she's edited a book, Documented Dreams, containing thank you letters her students wrote to donors that also tell about their hopes to get a college education in this country. Find it at Amazon for $25.

Here's a principal who has decided to extend the work she does within the walls of her school, GateWay Early College High School in Phoenix, beyond those walls.


I think you are doing an excellent job raising money for these undocumented students. It is ashame how these students can graduate from high school and go fight for the US in our Armed Services but, are not given the same opportunity to continue their education. I believe we should give them the same opportunity as any other student who would like to go to school to continue their education and better their lives.

Kudos to the Principal for all her hard work and dedication....Your students will greatly appreciate you and your rewards are yet to come...

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