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July 10, 2019
As DREAM Act application goes live for NY students working to afford college, advocates turn to outreach, a key priority
The application, which went live July 3, stems from the Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act, which was among the first items supported and passed by state Democrats.
February 25, 2019
New York’s DREAM Act is a reality, but challenges remain for getting undocumented students to apply for financial aid
Advocates and educators are wondering: Will schools be able to guide fearful students through yet another complex process? And how will students like Ejiogu be reassured that sharing information to get tuition help from the state won’t land them in trouble with federal immigration officials?
January 23, 2019
New York legislators pass DREAM Act
After years of stalled progress, a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition assistance passed through New York’s legislature…
Updated April 24, 2018
How state Senate elections, Simcha Felder, and a new Democratic deal could shape New York’s education policy
With two key Senate elections on Tuesday, the fate of New York State’s Senate is up in the air — and some important education issues could hang in the balance.
March 5, 2018
I’m a Bronx teacher, and I see up close what we all lose when undocumented students live with uncertainty
Because of their undocumented status, two of our top students did not qualify for financial aid, and without it, they could not afford college.
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January 6, 2016
Speaker Heastie kicks off 2016 session with education wish list, heavy on funding hikes
The 2016 state legislative session kicked off Wednesday with Assembly speaker Carl Heastie outlining his legislative wish list.
March 17, 2014
DREAM Act fails in New York State Senate, again
The New York State Senate today rejected legislation that would have allowed undocumented immigrants to receive state financial aid for college, ending advocates’ annual push…
October 18, 2011
Before Regents' DREAM Act endorsement, momentary dissent
After they endorsed anti-cheating measures and the state's bid for a No Child Left Behind waiver, the Board of Regents turned yesterday to a different policy issue: the plight of students whose families came to the country illegally. As part of their 2012 legislative agenda, the Regents voted to support the federal Development, Relief, and Education Act for Minors. The DREAM Act, which failed in the U.S. Senate last year, would clear a path toward citizenship for high school graduates whose families are in the country illegally. The act would benefit nearly 350,000 students statewide, many in New York City, by making them able to work legally and get financial aid for college. Today, Board of Regents Chancellor and State Education Commissioner John King sent a letter to New York's congressional delegation, urging them to back the DREAM Act when it comes before them during the next legislative session. The Regents' endorsement didn't come without question. Roger Tilles, a Regent who in the past cast one of just three "no" votes against letting test scores count more in teacher evaluations, initially questioned the wisdom of weighing in on the issue. He said the political consequences of taking a stand on immigration could alienate groups that prioritize other education policies. He did not say what those groups could be. Tisch responded to Tilles with a personal appeal.
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