ERIC Number: ED348426
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Immigrant Children: Challenges and Opportunities for Our Schools. Proceedings of the Conference of the Advocates for Children of New York (New York, New York, November 1986).
Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., Long Island City.
This document presents testimony, policy statements, and recommendations on the educational needs of immigrant children at the elementary school through secondary school levels in New York City. An introduction describes the November, 1986, hearing at which parents, students, teachers, administrators, and members of community based organizations serving newly arrived families testified on the educational needs of immigrant children. A background section describes a court ruling, "Plyler v. Doe," and legislation, the Immigration Reform and Control Act, as well as excerpts of a New York City mayoral memorandum dated October 15, 1985. Another section describes areas of concern that the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Immigrant Affairs has identified. Also described are other activities of an Immigrant Students Rights Project. Recommendations are presented that emerged from the hearing in 1986 and from subsequent work with students and families. A conclusion emphasizes the importance of addressing the needs of this population. The bulk of the document presents a representative sample of the testimony at the 1986 hearing including personal accounts, sociological contexts, problem areas, and resources and innovations. Also included are lists of hearing panel members and witnesses. Appendixes contain a 1988 Chancellor's memorandum, Regulations of the Chancellor, information on a training conference, a statement on students' rights of access, an announcement of a workshop on immigrant rights, testimony by Advocates for Children (AFC), a letter from AFC to college advisors, a letter from Mayor E. Koch, and a notice to the community about school access. (JB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Child Advocacy, Childrens Rights, Civil Rights, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Hearings, Immigrants, Needs Assessment, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Secondary School Students, Special Needs Students, Undocumented Immigrants
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York Community Trust, NY.; Fund for the City of New York, NY.; Aaron Diamond Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.; United Way of New York City, NY.
Authoring Institution: Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., Long Island City.
Identifiers: Immigration; Language Minorities; New York City Board of Education; Testimony