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Promoting a Welcoming Environment for Immigrant Students

The Center for Education Equity (CEE) at MAEC, through their Exploring Equity Issues series, offer this information on this emerging topic of “Providing a welcoming environment for immigrant students.”

Immigrant students face multiple obstacles when adjusting to their new lives in the United States. Their formative years are spent in school and this environment has a profound effect on shaping their future as productive citizens. Schools can help ease their transition and in fact, must.

The US Dept of Education guidelines remind schools that in order to comply with federal laws, they must ensure “that students are not barred from enrolling in public schools at the elementary and secondary level on the basis of their own citizenship or immigration status or that of their parents or guardians.” Once enrolled, schools can find ways to help these students flourish.

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