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ERIC Number: EJ1166144
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1245
When Boundaries around the "Secret" Are Tested: A School Community Response to the Policing of Undocumented Immigrants
Crawford, Emily R.
Education and Urban Society, v50 n2 p155-182 Feb 2018
This case study focuses on a 2008 incident where Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) vans appeared near a K-5 elementary school. It was the first time school personnel experienced the impact of federal immigration agents policing illegality in their school community, and the event set off a chain of decision-making choices as to how personnel would respond. This article specifically explores how educators' roles within a school shaped their access to information and subsequent sensemaking about ICE, asking two questions: (a) How does one's position within a school shape a person's sensemaking if a situation necessitates in-the-moment policy making? and (b) How might prior knowledge and professional position affect the information one accesses, shares, and uses in the policy-making process? Evidence comes from interviews with 14 personnel who reflected on the event, and shows that Aurora staff quickly established a policy and protocol within a few days to keep the school environment a safe space. The findings demonstrate that the school principal was a key "sensemaker" for other personnel. Ultimately, the school created its first school policy and protocol to ensure the school was a safe space for undocumented students, fusing a familiar school policy with new policy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
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