Letter from Superintendent Booker on DACA

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 - Posted in All District News District Communications

September 6, 2017

PUSD Families & Educators,

I am deeply concerned about the potential impact of yesterday’s announcement that the President will rollback the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on California public school students.

DACA allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to legally remain in the country to go to school and find employment.

I stand with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), the California Teacher’s Association (CTA), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), and the California School Board’s Association (CSBA) in our joint belief that the decision to end DACA is a direct attack on California families and their children. More than 200,000 California students are impacted by the rollback. The end of DACA paves the way for fear among immigrants who send their children to our schools and expect security and a first-class education.

All students have the right to attend public school and enjoy access to equitable educational and programmatic services regardless of the immigration status of the student or of the student’s family members.  PUSD does not take any steps that would deny students access to education based on their immigration status or any steps that would impede the rights of any students to public education under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1982 ruling in Plyler v. Doe, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the California Education Code, and any other applicable state and federal law.

Furthermore, all parents, including those who are undocumented, have the right to participate in their child’s education. As educators, we know how important it is for parents and guardians to be engaged. A safe and welcoming environment is critical to fostering robust parent engagement.

It is our duty as educational leaders to deliver a healthy and safe environment on our school campuses, while also providing students with the resources they need to grow into the next generation of American leaders.

Prior to the start of school, many PUSD Educators participated in professional development that focused on anti-bias and social justice in our classrooms, schools, and community.  We learned that as educators, we must move from prejudice reduction to collective action to make real and lasting change.

In the spirit of collective action, I urge you to join me in contacting our elected representatives to implement a legislative solution that supports children who may be impacted.

 United States Senate

Senator Diane Feinstein – Email

Senator Kamala Harris – Email

United States Congress, California District 9

Congresswoman Barbara Lee – Email

California State Senate, District 9

Senator Nancy Skinner – Email

California State Assembly, District 15

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond – Email

Below are several resources from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center to help educators and families navigate the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

https://www.ilrc.org/sites/default/files/resources/community_advisory_-_end_of_dacav2.pdf

https://www.ilrc.org/sites/default/files/resources/community_resources_for_immigrants-_english.pdf

https://www.immigrationlawhelp.org/search?state=CA

https://www.ilrc.org/sites/default/files/resources/family_preparedness_plan_v3-20170323.pdf

https://www.ilrc.org/sites/default/files/resources/kyr_two_pager_v2.pdf

Piedmont Unified will continue to stand by our focus of student advocacy and dedicate our efforts to secure a constitutionally guaranteed education to all California students.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Randall Booker

Superintendent, Piedmont Unified School District

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