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For Immediate Release: September 8, 2017
Contact: Tina Firesheets (336) 370-8307
Media Desk (336) 574-5730
Board Approves Motion to Support DACA program
The board also voted to continue advocating for in-state tuition for DACA students and other immigrants meeting admission requirements and enrolling in N.C. colleges and universities
Greensboro, N.C. – In an 8-1 vote last night, the Guilford County Board of Education reaffirmed its commitment in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which includes current GCS students as well as graduates of GCS high schools.
Using the school board’s 2016 Legislative Platform as its guide, the board recognized that many immigrants and DACA students are “longtime residents who could contribute greatly to the civic and economic vitality of our communities, state and nation, if given the opportunity to do so.”
The board also voted to continue advocating for in-state tuition for DACA students and other immigrants who meet admission requirements and enroll at North Carolina community colleges and UNC system schools. At the federal level, the board voted to continue advocating for a streamlined path to citizenship for DACA students.
In 2014, the Guilford County Board of Education was the first school board in North Carolina to adopt these measures as part of its official legislative platform. The current school board was installed in December of 2016 and chose to focus on the state legislature’s class size reduction mandate and key federal education issues rather than adopt a formal agenda in 2017.
The board’s legislative committee is currently working on a proposed platform for 2018 and plans to bring it to the board for discussion later this fall. The recent federal announcement to phase-out the DACA program prompted the board to take action earlier than planned on this particular issue.
Situated within a longtime refugee resettlement area, GCS students are globally diverse, with English language learners representing more than 142 cultural and ethnic groups within the district’s 72,000 students. GCS students speak more than 108 different world languages and dialects. In addition to English, the top six languages spoken by GCS students are: Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Vietnamese, Swahili and French.
About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com
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