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Thursday, November 1 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Another Brick in the Wall: Education Rights of Immigrant and Refugee Students in Times of Uncertainty [RJ]

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In 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Plyler v. Doe that students could not be constitutionally denied a free public education on account of their immigration status. In addition to Plyler, civil rights laws—Title VI, EEOA, IDEA—guarantee meaningful access to educational opportunities for all children regardless of national origin and to all parents by requiring schools to communicate with them in a language they understand. Amid the atmosphere of increasingly aggressive immigration enforcement, some localities have stepped up protection and support for immigrant students and their families, while others blatantly violate long-standing policies. With a federal Department of Education that seems inclined to weaken the efforts of the Office of Civil Rights and indications that Trump Administration support for Plyler and language access may disappear, the need to support immigrant students and their families takes on new urgency. This panel will review the educational rights of immigrant families, connecting those policies to state and local implementation. We will also discuss legal strategies and current litigation.


Michelle Lapointe

Acting Deputy Legal Director of the Immigrant Justice Project, Southern Poverty Law Center
Michelle Lapointe is a senior attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project. Michelle began her legal career at SPLC in 2008. Over the past decade, she has represented thousands of immigrants in federal civil rights and employment litigation in the Deep... Read More →

Tere Ramos

Education and Language Access Attorney, Ramos Law LLC
Tere Ramos is an education, disability, and civil rights attorney at Ramos Law LLC. She represents children with disabilities as well as students who have faced bullying, harassment, or civil rights violations in school. Before Ramos Law, Tere was the language access attorney at the... Read More →
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Julie Sugarman

Senior Policy Analyst for PreK-12 Education, Migration Policy Institute
Julie Sugarman is senior policy analyst for preK-12 education at the Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, where she focuses on issues related to immigrant and English learner students in elementary and secondary schools. Her areas of focus... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm CDT
Woodway I

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