Are States Making Sure Latino Kids Count?

This week, states submit their final plans to the Department of Education about how they’ll measure student success based on rules set in the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. The measurements provide data that affect major issues like school funding and allocating other resources. Today, a panel discussed how states have developed plans that address some of the unique barriers facing students of color and English learners.


One of the major victories when ESSA passed in 2015 included federal regulations that states would have to measure the success of English learners, students of color, students with disabilities, and other historically overlooked groups. Congress later weakened those regulations, giving states more flexibility in choosing how to measure schoolwide success, meaning those students could be overlooked again.

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DACA Renewal Resources Are Available to You

If you haven’t heard by now, the president announced earlier this month that his administration would be rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program, which for five years has transformed the lives of nearly 800,000 young people is no longer accepting new applications. However, when the administration announced that the program would begin to ‘wind down’ over a period of six months, they also shared that all current DACA recipients whose status and work permit would expire between September 5 (when the decision to end the program was announced) and March 5, 2018 (the date when the program, absent action by Congress, will end), are currently eligible to renew their DACA as long as their renewal application is received by the Department of Homeland Security prior to October 5.

UnidosUS is actively engaged in working on a legislative solution to this terrible problem the president has created, but if you’re a DACA recipient who needs to renew, we strongly urge you to do so now. Don’t delay. There will likely be no extension granted, so it’s imperative that you get your renewal application in before the deadline. And, our Affiliate Network is ready to help you do that.

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Enough is Enough!

A potential deal between Democrats and the president over how to fix DACA may have been announced late last night, but that didn’t stop hundreds of Latino activists, community leaders, and advocates from marching and rallying at the White House today to tell the Trump administration that on DACA and a host of other issues, “enough was enough.”

UnidosUS joined the rally, organized by the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, to join the call that our community will no longer tolerate the racist rhetoric that has become a defining feature of this young administration.

You too can join the action to show your solidarity with DREAMers. To start, go to unidos.us/heretostay and take our pledge to stand with DREAMers. When you do, you’ll become part of a growing network of advocates who are working to fight back against the forces of hate and bigotry.

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