Education Leaders Say:
Protect DREAMers
Our nation’s education leaders are standing together and calling on elected officials to protect law-abiding, productive students, graduates, and teachers and remove the threat of deportation.

“I've been fortunate to live the American Dream myself. As the son of blue collar first generation Americans, I didn't speak English until I started school. Now, after years as a bilingual teacher and school principal, I'm the superintendent of one of the country's largest public school districts. When I talk to students in Houston, I don't see them as documented or undocumented; I just see young people who deserve the same opportunities I had. We must protect DREAMers – not only for their sake, but for the sake of our beloved, diverse and multifaceted country.”

Richard A. Carranza
Superintendent of Houston Independent School District

“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. 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.”

Tom Boasberg
Superintendent of Denver Public Schools

“In Baltimore, we are working every day to build a more equitable school system that gives every child real opportunities to succeed, regardless of racial or socioeconomic background. The last thing we should be doing is punishing children we've been investing in for something over which they had no control. It's crucial that we ensure these young DREAMers are safe and valued in school, so they can continue to cultivate their potential.”

Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises
CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools

“Our mission as a school district is to accept and nurture every young person who enters the doors of our public schools, regardless of race, ethnicity, or faith. We see in the face of each child the potential to become a contributing member of society no matter their national origin. The chief concern of educators is not where children are born, but what they can become given the appropriate support and opportunity.”

Michael Hinojosa
Superintendent of Dallas Independent School District

“For my entire adult life, education has been my passion, and I've drawn inspiration from witnessing children from all backgrounds realize their potential and accomplish incredible things. That's what I see when I look at each of the 72,000 students across Guilford County – future scientists, and doctors, and lawyers, and teachers. I want to see these children fulfill those dreams, and I want to see that happen here in America, no matter how they got there. I can't imagine who would want to stand in the way of that.”

Sharon Contreras
Superintendent of Guilford County Schools (Greensboro, NC)

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