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Stressed, Overworked, and Not Sure Whom to Trust: The Impacts of Recent Immigration Enforcement on our Public School Educators

Authors: Shena Sanchez, Rachel Freeman, Patricia Martin
Date Published: February 28, 2018

In interviews with educators, researchers probed the impact of immigration enforcement policy on the educators themselves. This is the second piece of a national survey on the effects of immigration enforcement on teaching and learning in our nation's public schools.
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Stressed, Overworked, and Not Sure Whom to Trust: The Impacts of Recent Immigration Enforcement on our Public School Educators

 

Stepped up immigration enforcement policy in the past year has had a negative impact on our public K-12 schools. Students and their families have been affected by the increased threat and enforcement of detention, deportation, and community raids. Missing from the discourse, however, are the educators who work closely with students from immigrant backgrounds. To date, there is scant research on how these harsh enforcement policies have affected teachers, administrators, and school staff. In this study, we find that public school educators nationwide have been deeply impacted by the trauma experienced by their students and school communities. Educators who participated in this study report (1) experiencing symptoms that are consistent with Secondary Traumatic Stress, (2) being overworked as they strive to assist their students whose families are being targeted by immigration officials, and (3) feeling a sense of breakdown in community at their schools. This investigation illuminates how ramped-up immigration enforcement is harming educators, and consequently, students and school communities across the country.  This report is the second of two studies conducted on schools across the nation and a subset of educators who were further surveyed and interviewed on this topic.

 

This working paper was presented at a forum, "The Impact of Immigration Enforcement Policies on Teaching and Learning in America's Public Schools," in Washington, DC on February 28, 2018.

To see more about the other research presented and agenda, go HERE.

To review the larger national survey on the impacts of immigration enforcement on students, from the perspective of public school teachers, click HERE.

 

 

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