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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

Attack Season here

Impressive Community Support here

Referendum Focus here

New Year's Resolution here

Celebrating Diversity here

Shrinking Middle Class here

Future Ready 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

Doubly Impressive here

High Expectations For All here

Democracy here

Those Special Teachers here

Football Start here

Freshman Transition here