ERIC Number: EJ1166144
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
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.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Law Enforcement, Undocumented Immigrants, Principals, Elementary Schools, Educational Environment, Public Policy, Decision Making, Teacher Role, Policy Formation, Interviews, School Safety, School Policy, Administrator Role, Prior Learning, Social Justice, Bilingual Education Programs, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Spanish, Elementary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California