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April 29, 2019

English-Learners and Graduation: How ESSA Could Penalize ELLs and Their Schools

The Every Student Succeeds Act could lead administrators in traditional high schools to turn away older English-learner students who may need additional time to earn their high school diplomas, a new report from the Migration Policy Institute argues.

April 24, 2019

100,000 Undocumented Students Graduate From U.S. High Schools Each Year, Analysis Finds

The new analysis significantly increases the annual estimate of undocumented high school students earning diplomas that has long been used in debates about immigration and special protections for immigrant youth who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children.

March 12, 2019

Democrats in Congress Revive DREAM Act for Young Undocumented Immigrants

The proposal, designed to protect Dreamers and recipients of Temporary Protected Status, likely faces an uphill battle to win support this time around from the Republican-led U.S. Senate and President Donald Trump.

February 13, 2019

Democrats Push for Law to Ban ICE Agents From Schools, Bus Stops

If the "Protect Sensitive Locations Act" law gains traction in Congress, the legislation may not fully clear up confusion around the obligations that schools must balance when dealing with immigration agents: ensuring the safety and privacy of their students while still cooperating with federal officials.

January 22, 2019

DACA Status Update: In Place for Now, But Resolution Remains Elusive

U.S. Supreme Court took no action on the Trump administration's request to review DACA. Meanwhile, President Trump wants to link the fate of DACA recipients, thousands of whom work and learn in public schools, to his demand for $5.7 billion to fund a border wall.

January 10, 2019

Study: Language Barriers Can Steer Immigrant Students to STEM Courses

Using federal data, the researchers traced the academic trajectories of immigrant children who entered the United States before age 16. They found that foreign-born students earn 20 percent more credits in math-intensive courses than English-based courses while in high school.

November 20, 2018

Report: Deportation Fear Grips Immigrant and Refugee Students in U.S. Schools

The new report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization makes the argument that the current immigration policies of the U.S. government create too many barriers for students who are immigrants or refugees.

September 24, 2018

Education Programs Would Be Spared Under Trump Administration's Green Card Proposal

While the Trump administration proposal would not strip student eligibility for Head Start, the federal school lunch program, or the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, it could still affect millions of school-aged children who live with immigrant parents.

June 25, 2018

Lawsuit Over a Student's Deportation Sparks Furor in Boston Schools

A lawsuit claimed that the school district and outgoing Superintendent Tommy Chang have a "disturbing practice" of handing over student information to immigration authorities. Chang, an immigrant himself, fires back.

June 04, 2018

Using Data to Decode English-Learner Education

The Migration Policy Institute published the first in a series of reports that aim to educate parents, policymakers, and the public about how to find and use data to examine whether schools are adequately serving their English-language-learner students.

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