Students admitted no matter immigration status, APS board affirms 

The Atlanta school board affirmed its commitment to educate students “without regard to their immigration status” in a resolution that also urges the United States to reunite immigrant families separated at border crossings. 

The resolution, approved by the board at its August meeting, states that separating immigrant children from parents has “stirred up worry and fear among certain populations within Atlanta, including immigrant communities.” 

Dr. Meria Carstarphen is celebrating her 5th years as APS superintendent

“The separation of children from their parents and guardians has long-lasting impacts on the psychological, social-emotional and physical health of the children and families involved; and... , universal human rights to dignity, physical safety, and maintaining familial ties should not be subjected to interpretations of immigration law,” the resolution states. 

The school board occasionally weighs in on hot-button political issues by way of formal resolutions. 

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After the deadly school in shooting in Parkland, Fla., the board approved a resolution calling for the federal government to act to “protect” children from gun violence and calling for more federal money for school safety, counselors, and social work services.

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