網頁

Monday, June 25, 2018

BPS和ICE分享資訊,導致學生被捕? 張欽棠稱指控不實

(Boston Orange)波士頓公校總監張欽棠上週五發信宣佈辭職,今(25)日再發公開信,聲言早前新聞報導中指波士頓公校和聯邦移民及海關執行局(ICE)分享資訊,導致一名學生被捕是不實指控。
張欽棠在信中表示,在他做為波士頓公校總監的最後幾天裏,他要大家知道他所知道的,公校系統是如何和移民學生及家長合作。
張欽棠坦言,這是不尋常的舉動,儘管還沒正式收到文件,他卻要來談可能涉及法律訴訟的這件事,因為他要大家知道,做為一個組織的他們,以及做為一名教育者和移民的他個人,對保護移民兒童的感受。
新聞報導中做出的指控是,波士頓公校和聯邦移民及海關執行局(ICE)分享資訊,導致一名學生被捕。那是不正確的。
除非法令要求,波士頓公校絕對不會把學生資訊交給ICE。那基本上也和我們作為一個組織所代表和所相信的,以及我們數以千計員工每天抱持信念做的互相矛盾。那也和他為波士頓公校訂定的目標互相矛盾。
這議題對他本人來說更是非常切身,他自己就是在還是個小孩子時移民來美,上了公立學校,一句英文也不會說。公立學校給了他機會,也打造了今日的他。那是數以百萬計美國人曾經走過的路。移民讓這國家強壯,而舊許多其他人一樣,他對聯邦政府的某些行動感到恐怖極了,特別是對移民家庭那些行動,和這個國家所代表的,和他所相信的基本上有矛盾。他一向說要保護移民學生,他也會繼續這麼做。
張欽棠在信中指出,根據報導,該法律訴訟的重點是,波士頓警察局和麻州警察局等執法機構,有一個小組在調查二年前東波士頓發生的與幫派有關謀殺案,波士頓公校照該小組要求,提供了並不包含學生移民資訊的相關學校警察報告。提供出去的資訊,並不包括任何個人的移民狀態。

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Chang Issues Letter on Important Immigration Issues
BOSTON — Monday, June 25, 2018 — Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Tommy Chang, who announced his impending departure from his position on Friday, today issued a letter to Boston Public Schools families to clarify the district's stance on important immigration issues.

In the letter, Dr. Change wrote: "I’m taking the unusual step of speaking on a lawsuit we have not officially received yet because I want you to know how strongly we, as an organization, and I personally, as an educator and an immigrant, feel about protecting immigrant children. The allegation that has been made in news reports is that the Boston Public Schools (BPS) shared information with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that led to the arrest of a student. That claim is false."

The entire letter is available on bostonpublicschools.org.

SUPERINTENDENT CHANG AFFIRMS PROTECTION OF IMMIGRANT STUDENTS

On Monday, June 25, 2018, Superintendent Tommy Chang issued the following letter to the Boston Public Schools community to affirm the district's policies protecting immigrant students:

June 25, 2018
Dear Boston Public Schools Community:
On this, my last days as Superintendent of Schools, I want you to know what I know regarding a lawsuit that touches on how we work with immigrant students and their families. I’m taking the unusual step of speaking on a lawsuit we have not officially received yet because I want you to know how strongly we, as an organization, and I personally, as an educator and an immigrant, feel about protecting immigrant children.
The allegation that has been made in news reports is that the Boston Public Schools (BPS) shared information with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that led to the arrest of a student. That claim is false. BPS would never give student information to ICE, unless required under law. It also fundamentally contradicts what we stand for and believe as an organization, and what thousands of our employees work in good faith to do every day. And it contradicts what I have set forth as our direction.
The City of Boston and the Boston Public Schools (BPS) want all of our immigrant families to know that, no matter their immigration status, they are valued members of our community. The U.S. Constitution protects the right of every child in this country to an education -- regardless of their immigration status. We take that protection enormously seriously. BPS will continue to welcome and support immigrant students in our schools, and honor their constitutional right to a free and uninterrupted public school education. We always follow state and federal student records laws in sharing any student information. It would be against BPS policy to provide any student records to ICE, and BPS does not have a practice of doing so.
This issue is enormously personal to me. I came to this country as an immigrant child, and entered public school without knowing a word of English. Public schools gave me the opportunities that made me what I am today — a journey millions of Americans have taken. Immigrants make this nation strong, and like so many people, I’m horrified by some of the actions our federal government is taking, particularly against immigrant families, actions that I believe are fundamentally contradictory to what this country stands for. I have long spoken out on the need to protect immigrant students, and will continue to do so.
That’s even more important today. The atmosphere has changed dramatically in our country and in immigrant neighborhoods. Fear of deportation has grown sharply. Families worry that enforcement is no longer focused just on serious criminals. There is now constant anxiety for immigrant parents and children, and stress for teachers, principals, and other school staff who care so deeply about our immigrant families.
That is why the Boston Public Schools, as a matter of policy, does not request immigration status from families nor does the district keep any records detailing the immigration status of our students. Furthermore, unless ordered to do so by statute or a court of law, BPS does not provide law enforcement authorities with copies of any students records, which are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Even if a law enforcement agency was to show up at a school with a warrant, only the BPS Office of Legal Advisor will determine whether BPS is required to respond or comply. You can read our policies in our Educational Access For All circular.
In addition, BPS in March instituted a new district policy that provides strict guidelines on how Boston School Police officers provide school police reports to law enforcement authorities, including the Boston Regional Intelligence Center. BPS will continue to work with advocacy organizations around this issue.
The lawsuit, according to reports, focuses on a specific case where BPS complied with requests from a team of investigators from the Boston Police Department (BPD) and Massachusetts State Police, among other law enforcement agencies, that were investigating gang-related murders in East Boston over two years ago, and provided relevant school police reports, which did not contain any student immigration information. The information provided did not contain any reference to an individual's immigration status.
The Boston Public Schools has been very proactive over the past year and a half to affirm the rights of our immigrant students and provide them and their families important educational resources. We care deeply for our immigrant families and we want them to know that BPS welcomes them and will keep them safe.  
Sincerely,Sig
Tommy Chang, Ed.D.Superintendent

No comments: