GCS BOE Releases Formal Statement Supporting DACA

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For Immediate Release: September 15, 2017

Contact: Tina Firesheets (336) 370-8307
Media Desk (336) 574-5730

School Board Issues Formal Statement in Support of DACA Students

Greensboro, N.C. – Acting on behalf of the Guilford County Board of Education, Chairman Alan W. Duncan issued the following statement today:

“The Board of Education recognizes that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are longtime residents who have and could contribute greatly to the civic and economic vitality of our communities, state and nation, if given the opportunity to do so. Therefore, we respectfully ask the North Carolina General Assembly to take an important first step in this direction allowing DACA students who meet admission criteria to receive in-state tuition to community colleges and institutions of higher education associated with the University of North Carolina system. We also respectfully request that Congress take action to streamline the path to U.S. citizenship for DACA students.”

At their last meeting on Sept. 7, the board voted 8-1 to reaffirm its commitment in support of the DACA program, which includes current GCS students as well as graduates of GCS high schools. The school board also authorized the chairman to craft and issue a statement on its behalf.

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. As of 2015, about 20 states and/or state university systems had adopted policies that allowed resident DACA students to pay in-state tuition fees, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Some public and private universities also offer financial aid to DACA students. In North Carolina, such students are charged out-of-state tuition and do not qualify for any form of financial aid at public colleges and universities.

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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