Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg is one of more than 1,400 education leaders in the nation who are working to protect “DREAMers,” young people brought to this country as children, from deportation through signing a petition released January 19th. Boasberg’s move reflects DPS’ goal and commitment to cultivate safe and supportive learning environments for all, to embrace and value diversity and to act quickly to prevent and address issues of discrimination and harassment in schools. This was also shown by the Board of Education last November when members approved a resolution reinforcing that schools within DPS are equitable and safe spaces for all students and families.
Denver Public Schools were the fi rst in the nation to employ teachers under DACA, and we hired them because they are excellent teachers who make our kids and our schools better. ~ Tom Boasberg ~
Currently, these young people are covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Policy (DACA). With the change of administrations, some think students, teachers and others could be subject to immediate deportation.
“Denver Public Schools were the first in the nation to employ teachers under DACA, and we hired them because they are excellent teachers who make our kids and our schools better,” said Superintendent Tom Boasberg. “To deport talented teachers and students in whom we have invested so much, who have so much to give back to our community, and who are so much a part of our community would be a catastrophic loss.”
Boasberg joins heads of some of the largest school systems in America, leaders of nonprofits such as Teach For America, local teachers’ unions and nationally-recognized charter school organizations, in a call for extended protections to “DREAMers” because an end to DACA could destabilize countless lives. The petition drive was organized by Stand for Children, a national nonprofit that advocates for quality educational opportunities.
Shortly after the election, Denver Public Schools produced a fact sheet answering immigration questions and distributed it in 10 languages to DPS families. Additionally, DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg prepared and sent a letter to the DPS community after the election.