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ERIC Number: EJ988980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec-10
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
In a Secret Classroom in Georgia, Immigrants Learn to Hope
Sander, Libby
Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec 2012
Young immigrants--about 1.4 million of them nationally--are often in the wrong place at the wrong time. Across the country, a patchwork of state laws and policies governs their access to higher education. The inconsistency stems, in part, from disagreement over whether undocumented immigrants are entitled to go to college. While states must provide elementary and secondary education to all students regardless of immigration status, beyond that there is no such guarantee. Thirteen states have passed laws in the past decade to allow their public colleges to charge in-state tuition rates to such immigrants. But some states have gone the other way. Alabama and South Carolina have laws barring them from even enrolling at public institutions. Georgia, in addition to banning them from its top five colleges, charges them out-of-state tuition elsewhere that is more than three times the in-state rate. At Freedom University, which offers undocumented immigrants a path to college in a state where they are banned from several top universities, these immigrants learn to hope. What began as a way to keep students learning has become a robust effort to get them to college, prod faculty across the country to help, and push for legislative and policy reform.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia