9/19/2017 2:44 PM
In light of current events and the additional challenges many of our school districts are now faced with, the Washington State School Directors’ Association would like to take this opportunity to highlight one of its standing legislative positions. Voted on and approved by association members, it was adopted in 2014 and reads:
Federal DREAM Act
WSSDA shall initiate and/or support the enactment of a process allowing immigrant students a path toward becoming lawful U.S. residents. — WSSDA Standing Legislative Position (SLP) 7.1.16
This legislative position was born of a democratic process and WSSDA believes public education, itself, forms the cornerstone of our nation’s democracy and way of life. Just as America has served for so long as a beacon of hope and opportunity in the eyes of the world, so too are public schools for students and their families.
Our schools are educating the most diverse student population to date, striving to provide equitable access, and ensuring a safe environment where each and every student will attain their full potential regardless of factors such as race, ethnic background, immigration status, socio-economic status, or gender.
As you’ll see below, several of our member districts and educational partners have also issued statements on this subject. For your reference, we have gathered just a few:
The Washington State School Directors’ Association is composed of 1,477 elected school board directors from the 295 school districts in Washington state serving 1.1 million public school students. As a state agency, WSSDA supports the state’s school board directors by providing leadership development, legislative advocacy, and policy and legal guidance.