Thursday, October 22, 2015

Diane Douglas: I Don't Support Federal Government's Undocumented Youth Education Recommendations

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 5:58 PM

click to enlarge COURTESY OF THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
  • Courtesy of the Arizona Department of Education
Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas says she doesn't support with the U.S. Department of  Education's new recommendations to improve the academic achievement of undocumented youth.

Earlier this week, the department released a guide for secondary schools, community colleges and universities on how to better support undocumented students. With approximately 65,000 undocumented youth graduating high school every year, according to the department, the tool is much-needed because undocumented students are one of the most vulnerable groups in U.S. schools.

Some of the suggestions the federal education department has for secondary schools and higher ed institutions are: To create an open and welcoming environment; build staff capacity and knowledge about undocumented youth; share information and resources with youth and families; engage families and community organizations; provide additional academic supports for undocumented youth if needed. 

Here's the statement from Douglas' office:
The Arizona Department of Education is not involved with, and does not support, activities outlined in a recent publication from the U.S. Department of Education regarding undocumented youth.

The Resource Guide Supporting Undocumented Youth was not published by Arizona Department of Education.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas’s recent AZ Kids Can’t Afford to Wait! Plan addresses the special needs of the undocumented youth who flooded the Arizona education system due to actions by the federal government.

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