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ImmSchools Statement on US Department of Education's release of assessment, accountability, and reporting requirements

Release date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Voice of student and families regarding ED guidance

On Monday, February 22, the US Department of Education (ED) released guidance to states regarding student assessment. The Department encouraged states to provide flexibility for students and families. ImmSchools students and parents have expressed concerns regarding state exams after completing the school year through a global pandemic and enduring the challenges of online learning. 

The use of state exam scores are particularly harmful during these times. The pandemic has exacerbated educational inequalities, among many others. Many of our low-income, immigrant, students of color have had unequal access to internet and technology, and limited study spaces, and academic support. The existing disparities in test scores based on race, class, and immigration status will only be greater under the circumstances of the pandemic.

Our students and parents urge states to adopt flexible assessment practices and to request a waiver from accountability measures the impact of high-stakes testing. These times call for the support that students and families have always deserved.

Student and parent quotes:

" I have been in the country 2 years, for me the experience of taking the Regents in person was already hard because I couldn't really understand English. Now imagine doing that plus COVID and the fact that we have not been in person at all this school year. Learning has been so difficult remotely. I don't think this is fair because this one test does not determine whether you have learned or not. There can be other methods of proving we learned -  Dennise, Senior Student in the Bronx, NY   (She feels comfortable sharing her name) 

“This year with the pandemic, I have prioritized my children’s health over their learning. It has been challenging for them to learn online and I do not think the schools should require our kids to do tests or put them through this kind of stress when they have already gone through so much. This week with the storms in Texas, we lost our electricity and my kids did not log online for an entire week. I do not want these tests to define my kids or hurt them in the future.”

"I haven't even been at school in person since March of this year, here in NYC all of the high schools are remote. Virtually it's hard to understand what they are teaching via the computer, it's just not the same. It was hard for me to concentrate at the beginning of the year, I helped all of my sisters with their school work, so it was hard and  It's going to be hard for us if they make us take these tests . Also, how are these tests going to impact my grades and also future scholarships and college? As an undocumented student this is already hard they shouldnt make it harder." - Junior High School Student in Queens, NY.   

- "I believe my children are not prepared to take exams. With the transition to online learning, parents and teachers were not prepared to support remote learning. I don't feel like I am adequately prepared to support my children especially with navigating technology and virtual assignments. The lack of communication from the school and teachers has made this more difficult for me. My kids have been impacted by the pandemic and the winter storm which damaged our apartment" - Dallas

 

"It has been very difficult for my daughters to attend virtual classes and I don't know if they would be academically prepared to pass any required states" - Dallas


Statement on Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Across the United States

 

As an organization and as individuals, all of us at ImmSchools are experiencing deep indignation due to the violent acts committed against our Asian American community. Anti-Asian racism is not new in America; there is a long documented history of hatred against the community. And yet, the significant rise in hate incidents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has left many in our communities saddened by the deep and overwhelming loss of safety and lives. 

Last night, eight of those lives were lost from shootings across three Asian massage parlors in Atlanta, Georgia. Six of the victims were Asian women. The organization Stop AAPI Hate has documented the increase in these incidents since last March, reporting that there have been nearly 3,800 reports of hate incidents targeting Asian-Americans. This is a culmination of Anti-Asian racism that is as old as the earliest Asian migrations to the United States. It ranges from explicit discrimination and exclusion acts in the 19th century to pervasive and insidious stereotypes today.

These acts serve to instill fear and have grave consequences beyond what happened last night. The rise in hate incidents have left many in our community afraid of existing freely. It has made many students and families afraid for the return to in-person classes and has created the precedent for more fear that will outlast the pandemic. This is why the call for action and solidarity is urgent.

As an organization, we stand committed to supporting and standing alongside our Asian American community against any attacks fueled and conducted by white supremacy. These actions call for us to come together as a community, as an immigrant-led organization, to support and show up in solidarity against this racial violence and bigotry. The responsibility falls on all of us, which is why we call on government officials and other public and private actors to take immediate action to stop this violence.

 

In solidarity,

ImmSchools Co-Founders,

Viridiana Carrizales (She/Her), Vanessa Luna (She/Her), Lorena Tule-Romain (She/Her)

ImmSchools is an immigrant-led nonprofit organization that partners with K-12 educators to transform schools into safe and welcoming spaces for undocumented students and families.

Statement on Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Across the United States

 

As an organization and as individuals, all of us at ImmSchools are experiencing deep indignation due to the violent acts committed against our Asian American community. Anti-Asian racism is not new in America; there is a long documented history of hatred against the community. And yet, the significant rise in hate incidents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has left many in our communities saddened by the deep and overwhelming loss of safety and lives. 

Last night, eight of those lives were lost from shootings across three Asian massage parlors in Atlanta, Georgia. Six of the victims were Asian women. The organization Stop AAPI Hate has documented the increase in these incidents since last March, reporting that there have been nearly 3,800 reports of hate incidents targeting Asian-Americans. This is a culmination of Anti-Asian racism that is as old as the earliest Asian migrations to the United States. It ranges from explicit discrimination and exclusion acts in the 19th century to pervasive and insidious stereotypes today.

These acts serve to instill fear and have grave consequences beyond what happened last night. The rise in hate incidents have left many in our community afraid of existing freely. It has made many students and families afraid for the return to in-person classes and has created the precedent for more fear that will outlast the pandemic. This is why the call for action and solidarity is urgent.

As an organization, we stand committed to supporting and standing alongside our Asian American community against any attacks fueled and conducted by white supremacy. These actions call for us to come together as a community, as an immigrant-led organization, to support and show up in solidarity against this racial violence and bigotry. The responsibility falls on all of us, which is why we call on government officials and other public and private actors to take immediate action to stop this violence.

 

In solidarity,

ImmSchools Co-Founders,

Viridiana Carrizales (She/Her), Vanessa Luna (She/Her), Lorena Tule-Romain (She/Her)

ImmSchools is an immigrant-led nonprofit organization that partners with K-12 educators to transform schools into safe and welcoming spaces for undocumented students and families.

Statement on the inauguration of the Biden-Harris Administration


During Inauguration Day for the United States’ 46th President Joe Biden, ImmSchools stands committed to fight for protections for our immigrant communities. We acknowledge the historical significance of the Biden-Harris election, and the events at the U.S. capitol following the election results demonstrate a great partisan divide embracing the hateful rhetoric of the previous administration. 

ImmSchools looks to the Biden-Harris administration to push for and enact protections that will meaningfully change the lives of our students and families. We stand committed to holding the administration accountable to meet and go beyond its promises on immigration and education policy. After years living in fear and uncertainty, our communities need more than just symbolic and performative suppor We call for the administration to push for comprehensive immigration reform to offer a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented people. It is not enough to safeguard the scarce protections that are currently in place and our communities deserve to lead more stable lives.

Current protections such as DACA have been defended at the risk of immigrant advocates, and we now demand that the new administration fights for protections on our behalf. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many in our community have fearlessly shown up for America as essential workers, and it’s time that leaders in our government fearlessly show up for us.

As an immigrant-led organization, ImmSchools is fighting to transform schools into safe and welcoming spaces for immigrant families while recognizing the beauty, power, and leadership of our community. On this Inauguration Day, we hope that our work will be supported through progressive immigration and education policies.


In solidarity,

ImmSchools Co-Founders

Viridiana Carrizales (She/Her), Vanessa Luna (She/Her), Lorena Tule-Romain (She/Her)


Statement on the Results of the 2020 Presidential Election


Following the results of the 2020 presidential election, the mission of ImmSchools remains as bold and necessary as ever. In response to the election of President-elect Joe Biden, we stand committed to the fight for concrete action to protect the millions of undocumented and immigrant families who were not eligible to vote in this election but who continue to shape and change this country in powerful ways.

The fight for the rights of the undocumented community will continue regardless of who is in power. America’s multiracial, multiethnic electorate delivered a loud and clear mandate for transformative solutions to build a vibrant and healthy country -- and it includes a new immigration initiative with a path to citizenship that will keep families together and safe. This mandate applies to any administration in power and we stand prepared to demand accountability with and on behalf of our community. The fight for the rights of the undocumented community did not begin with Trump’s election and does not end with President-elect Biden’s election.

As an immigrant-led organization, ImmSchools is fighting to transform schools into safe and welcoming spaces for immigrant families while recognizing the beauty, power, and leadership of our community. Together with our cross-movement partners, we will continue to do the difficult and bold work of protecting those whose rights continue to be suppressed by our political system.

One thing is inevitable: ImmSchools and the immigrant community will continue to shape and improve this country. Because we belong here and will assert and defend our rights with dignity and conviction.

In solidarity,

ImmSchools Co-Founders

Viridiana Carrizales (She/Her), Vanessa Luna (She/Her), Lorena Tule-Romain (She/Her)



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