Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Victory for immigrants' rights in local schools

From Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy


Although national immigration reform gets all the media attention, many of the important immigrants’ rights issues of our time are about ensuring immigrant families can go to school, work and simply live their daily lives without fear.

For example, a year and a half ago, concerned parents in Santa Maria began to speak up about a policy requiring parents to be fingerprinted before helping with field trips or even volunteering on campus.  Many immigrants were afraid to participate at school and teachers were forced to cancel field trips due to a shortage of parent volunteers.

Our committee of parents reached out to other families in the district, the Santa Maria Educators Association, and newly-elected school board member John Hollinshead, who agreed to bring the issue before the board.

This month as a result of our grassroots organizing, the Santa Maria Bonita school board voted to repeal the fingerprint policy!

This is a major step toward Central Coast schools being more inclusive of immigrant communities and encouraging parents to be involved in their children’s education. 

It’s also a great beginning to 2014, a year where CAUSE will focus on advocating for improving schools and defending immigrants’ rights right here in our local communities.

Thanks for your support of our work.


Marcos Vargas
Executive Director



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