Read Dr. Larson's earlier Community Columns below or here.
With the issue of immigration in the national spotlight, it is important to clarify the role of public education, specifically, regarding immigrant and refugee students.
First, it’s important to remind ourselves that many of us have an immigrant heritage. Most of us can share stories of important life and character lessons that were instilled in us by immigrant parents and grandparents. These family narratives include the importance of work ethic, love, family, generosity, faith, gratitude, strength and perseverance. The prosperity and greatness we enjoy in America is built on the foundation that was laid by multiple generations of hard working immigrants.
Secondly, it's important to remember that our nation's core democratic values were framed, encouraged and "lived out" by our immigrant forefathers. Values such as life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, justice, equality and diversity are Constitutional principles that were embraced and celebrated by settlers from other countries and continents.
The public schools in DuPage County benefit from the richness of experience and perspective, language, culture and cognitive connections that diversity brings to learning within our classrooms, schools and across our great communities.
We appreciate partnering with parents and families to develop students who will be leaders and contributors in the wider world and respond with imagination and compassion to address our challenges, instead of being limited to their capacity by fear and isolation.
For students in Glenbard District 87 and the surrounding public schools, specifically:
- We will continue in our commitment and practice that a child's immigration status will have no impact whatsoever on his or her education.
- Children have a Constitutional right to equal access to education, regardless of their immigration status or their parent's status.
- We will not ask about a child's immigration status at school. Public school officials have an obligation to provide services, regardless of a student’s immigration status and without discrimination of the basis of race, color or national origin.
In addition, public schools in DuPage County partner with our many excellent community organizations to provide resources and additional support for our families beyond the school setting. Our amazing children are valued, and we remain committed that all of our children will continue to experience the warmth, safety and an optimal learning environment every day at school.
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Read Dr. Larson's earlier essays below
2016-17 Community Columns
Be wary of snake oil salesmen in education here
Characteristics of Strong Education Systems here
Leveraging the election for growth here
Glenbard emphasizes importance of service to others here
Challenging courses prepare teens for college, careers here
High School Parenting is Gardening, Not Carpentry here
Fight the Summer Slide here
2015-16 Community Columns
Equity in Advanced Placement here
Growth Mindset Makes a Difference here
Send Consistent Message Opposing Underage Drinking here
Hold Hands and Stick Together here
The Value of Rigor in the Classroom here
Studying the Arts Enhances Student Achievement here
Parent Involvement is Important here
Making America Great Again here
Property Tax Freeze Would Harm Students here
Teachers Advance Their Craft During Summer here.
2014-15 Community Columns
Be Wary; Education Cuts Never Heal here
Increasing Responsibilities of Public Education here
The Governor's Playbook for Compassion here
Important Partnership here
Strategic Planning Key to Success of iPad Implementation here
The "Year of Over Testing" here
School Funding Reform Act Senate Bill 16 here
Watch the Screen Time here
2013-14 Community Columns
Impressive Community Support here
New Year's Resolution here
Celebrating Diversity here
Shrinking Middle Class here
Fight Summer Learning Loss here
2012-13 Community Columns
Public Education is Inclusive, Diverse here
Transparency Builds Community Trust here
Technology Will Transform Learning here
High Levels Of Communication here
Pension Reform Observations here
Key Habits of Fiscally Responsible Districts here
High Expectations For All here
Those Special Teachers here