immigration education: Page 1
U. of California, CA Student Aid Commission join Mexican government to give college grants to illegal aliens (Darrell Steinberg) - 01/10/14
From a press release , bolding added:
Haas Jr. Fund turns backs on Americans, gives $1 million to illegal alien scholarships (Berkeley, Ira S. Hirschfield) - 12/11/12
The University of California at Berkeley announced on Tuesday that it has received the largest single scholarship in the country for undocumented students.
Number of students who excel at math: USA 1/4 million; Korea 1/8 million; India 100,000; Mexico 3500 to 6000 - 01/03/12
From the study "Producing superstars for the economic Mundial: The Mexican Predicament with quality of education" by Lant Pritchett and Martina Viarengo (Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, November 19, 2008, PDF at peekURL.com/zp677t8 ):
The Los Angeles Times offers the misleading editorial "Alabama targets immigrant students" , which contains at least three (and probably many more) highly misleading statements:
1. The Alabama law isn't designed to go after "immigrants" as the editorial's title says. It's only concerned with illegal aliens.
Illegal aliens can get in-state college tuition, California Supreme Court says (ACLU, MALDEF) - 11/16/10
Yesterday the California Supreme Court ruled  that illegal aliens and others can receive the in-state tuition rate at California colleges provided that they've attended California high schools for three or more years. They thus upheld AB 540, also known as the "California DREAM Act".
Both of those are anti-American bills that allow illegal aliens to take college educations away from U.S. citizens. They're bad policy for other reasons too: they encourage illegal immigration and braindrain foreign countries. See the last link for the details.
All of this could have been prevented if people would do things in smart ways and use leverage. The only reason why there's an AB540 and a DREAM Act is because politicians feel free to support such anti-American bills. The way to get all (or all but the extremists) to drop support for such bills is to challenge them on video at their public appearances with the impacts of those bills; see the question at the last link. I've been trying to get people to ask that question for over three years with no help from major rightwing bloggers and the like. Instead, they simply encourage the tea parties types to wave signs and throw tantrums about less popular and less salient issues.
Regarding the suit, the attorney for the plaintiffs Kris Kobach says he'll appeal the decision. On the other side, the American Civil Liberties Union, MALDEF, and school administrators cheered the decision. (quotes to follow)
 From courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/S167791.PDF
The main legal issue is this: [8 U.S.C. S 1623, link] provides that an alien not lawfully present in this country shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a state for any postsecondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of this country is eligible for that benefit. In general, nonresidents of California who attend the state?s colleges and universities must pay nonresident tuition. (Ed. Code, S 68050.) But section 68130.5, subdivision (a), exempts from this requirement students — including those not lawfully in this country — who meet certain requirements, primarily that they have attended high school in California for at least three years. The question is whether this exemption is based on residence within California in violation of section 1623.
Because the exemption is given to all who have attended high school in California for at least three years (and meet the other requirements), and not all who have done so qualify as California residents for purposes of in-state tuition, and further because not all unlawful aliens who would qualify as residents but for their unlawful status are eligible for the exemption, we conclude the exemption is not based on residence in California. Rather, it is based on other criteria. Accordingly, section 68130.5 does not violate section 1623.
Many fiscal conservatives live in a fantasy world where we can have massive immigration combined with low spending, despite there being absolutely no evidence of that ever happening and despite there being countless examples of how massive immigration leads to increased spending. The way many of those people get around this massive flaw in their policy proposals is to simply ignore immigration's impact.
Meg Whitman panders to Hispanics; ad opposes Arizona law and Prop 187; Meg's Fantasy World - 06/20/10
California governor candidate Meg Whitman has launched a new Hispanic outreach (megwhitman.com/latinos.php), including a few ads and a list of places to blog  (visit those and offer rebuttals). Two of the ads are in Spanish and the English/Spanish scripts are at . The video of one of those is at peekURL.com/vc859ap and the description provided is that it "highlights why Meg is a different kind of candidate". Indeed: it says "She is the Republican who opposes the Arizona law and opposed Proposition 187."
The English-language video is here , entitled "Una Nueva California". And, that's where we get to Meg's Fantasy World. On that she says:
"...our most important resource is our young people. The Latino kids attending public schools in California today will be tomorrow's doctors, engineers, businessmen, and teachers. I want to give these kids a world-class education. I want them to be able to go as far in life as their God-given talent will take them... right now, California is near the very bottom in math, science, and reading. That's not acceptable to me."
Now, see How immigration changed California for the worse (education, income inequality...) Certainly, a large number of Hispanics will become "tomorrow's doctors, engineers, businessmen, and teachers". However, those percentages will be lower than for other groups, and those other groups aren't growing as quickly. It's an indisputable fact that massive Hispanic immigration has led to California being "near the very bottom in math, science, and reading". Now, perhaps Whitman has a magical plan that would turn things around, but it's much more likely that she's just a corrupt, Arnold Schwarzenegger-style hack who's living in - or trying to auction off - a fantasy world.
Between 1970 and 2008 the share of California’s population comprised of immigrants (legal and illegal) tripled, growing from 9 percent to 27 percent... As a result of immigration, however, by 2008 California had the least-educated labor force in the nation in terms of the share its workers without a high school education...
* In 1970, California had the 7th most educated work force of the 50 states in terms of the share of its workers who had completed high school. By 2008 it ranked 50th, making it the least educated state...
* Education in California has declined relative to other states. The percentage of Californians who have completed high school has increased since 1970; however, all other states made much more progress in improving their education levels; as a result, California has fallen behind the rest of the country...
* The large relative decline in education in California is a direct result of immigration. Without immigrants, the share of California’s labor force that has completed high school would be above the national average...
* ...California’s income distribution in 2008 was more unequal than was Mississippi’s in 1970...
More at the link.
University of Nebraska sued for giving in-state tuition to illegal aliens (Kobach; again) - 01/25/10
(Attorney Kris Kobach) filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the validity of a 2006 Nebraska law that allows some illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition... The lawsuit names the University of Nebraska Board of Regents and other state college boards as defendants.
...[His earlier] attempt to challenge Kansas' in-state immigration tuition law in federal court fell flat, when the court determined that the plaintiffs - a group of students paying higher out-of-state tuition - hadn't proven they were harmed by the law.
In the Nebraska case, Kobach argues that residents' taxes are being used to support the state's immigration tuition law in violation of federal law.
The latter is similar to a case he's pursuing in California which was dismissed by a lower court but after appeal it was reinstated is now pending before the California Supreme Court.
While it would be great if he succeeds, the way to block laws like this right now is to discredit politicians over the fact that they're willing to take college educations away from U.S. citizens in order to give them to foreign citizens who are here illegally. See the DREAM Act summary for a question you can ask. If even just a few people asked questions like that on video in an attempt to have an impact on the careers of politicians, it would send a very strong message.
Texas: almost 60% of public school children are poor; half Hispanic; more non-English fluent - 01/03/10
Almost six out of 10 Texas public schoolchildren hail from low-income families, marking a troubling spike in poverty over the last decade, a new state report finds.
The increase coincides with a significant jump in the number of Hispanic students, while fewer Anglo students were enrolled last year than 10 years ago, according to the study by the Texas Education Agency. Schools also are educating many more children whose primary language is not English...
...Last year, Hispanics made up nearly 48 percent of the enrollment, followed by whites (34 percent), blacks (14 percent) and Asians (4 percent). Nearly 17 percent of students had limited English-speaking skills.
1. Despite the fact that much of the problem is due to massive and especially illegal immigration, Mellon doesn't even hint at the root cause. (She probably wouldn't accurately describe the attached picture either.)
2. Sarah Winkler, president of the Texas Association of School Boards and "Rep. Rob Eissler, chairman of the House Public Education Committee" are quoted as wanting increased resources, training, and the like. However, neither say anything about immigration's role in the problem. If they can't do that, aren't they as untrustworthy as Mellon?
In an editorial, the New York Times is basically admitting how much trouble we're going to be in in coming years due to the massive immigration that the NYT supports. The NYT editorial "Their Future Is Ours" discusses the findings of a recent academic study (link):
There are 16 million children in immigrant families in the United States, one of the fastest-growing segments of the population. It’s an old American story made new in the age of globalization, when waves of human displacement in recent decades have led to immigration on a scale not seen since Ellis Island. But a country that has been so good for so long at integrating new Americans is stumbling under the challenge... ...Dislocation breeds a host of difficulties, starting with family separation...
...The children from separated families were, perhaps unsurprising, more likely to show signs of depression. Those symptoms were often accompanied by poverty, isolation and - despite an early period of hopefulness and engagement - a downward academic slide. Immigrant children lagged in mastering standard academic English, the passport to college and to brighter futures. Whereas native-born children’s language skills follow a bell curve, immigrants’ children were crowded in the lower ranks: More than three-quarters of the sample scored below the 85th percentile in English proficiency...
...This is the great challenge that is forgotten in the heat of the immigration debate. The children of immigrants are Americans. "They" are "us," a cohort of newcomers who will be filling the demographic void left as the baby boomers start fading away. Their future is our country’s future. The job of integrating them is not only unfinished but in many critical ways has hardly begun.
First, not all of them are citizens, and some or many of the citizens are the children of recent illegal aliens. In any case, the NYT has played its own role in bringing about the situation they whine about, and they should be held accountable in order to minimize any more damage that they can do. One way to do this is to go to public events where NYT editors and officials appear and really press them on the situation they helped cause on video.
As could be expected, the NYT proposes a laundry list of solutions, which I guess we're going to have to do. At the same time, we're also going to need to prevent the situation from getting any worse by reducing immigration overall. For that effort it's important to keep in mind that, while most of the "liberal" support for massive/illegal immigration is because they want to obtain money or power, some of it is also because they wanted a "project". Some "liberals" encouraged massive numbers of low-skilled workers to move to the U.S. so that they could them feel high-minded and in order to give them oppressed groups to look after. Instead, those "liberals" should be encouraged to support low-skilled workers staying in their countries while working towards reforming those countries' policies. It shouldn't be that difficult to discredit "liberal" leaders by pointing out to them on video at their public appearances just how faulty their policies are.
Utah House to vote on discounted college educations for illegal aliens; Carol Spackman Moss - 01/20/07
Utah state Rep. Glenn Donnelson has been trying for four years to repeal the Utah law that allows illegal aliens to take discounted college educations from U.S. citizens in his state. Now, the full House will vote on the repeal.
One of those on the other side is Rep. Carol Spackman Moss who is, naturally, a Democrat. She says it shouldn't be such an issue because there are just "less than 200 kids" receiving these discounts. Of course, since there is always a greater demand for educational discounts than there is a supply, that represents 200 discounts that were taken away from U.S. citizens.
Moss said advocates for denying immigrant students favorable tuition rates were in effect deciding their careers, telling immigrants "you can mow lawns" but can't aspire to a professional calling... "Don't end the dream for these young people," she said.
Since the law she supports represents a taking from Americans, perhaps Ross is unclear on which country she represents. As for the first part of her comments, there are only two ways to prevent such unfortunate cases in the future: either completely open the borders and give discounts to anyone, or enforce our laws. The first isn't going to happen and Ross clearly doesn't support the second, so she is clearly making the situation worse.
I urge everyone to try to attend public appearances by Moss, Huntsman, and Shurtleff and ask them very tough questions about their stances.
Opponents of a law that allows undocumented students to pay in-state college tuition are adamant that their efforts to repeal the benefit have nothing to do with racial discrimination and everything to do with encouraging respect for the law.
Via a comment from 'eh', Dan Walters offers "Dry statistical report portends immense tragedy in the making":
...Extrapolating from the two sets of data, the exit exam could push graduation rates for African American and Latino youngsters down to a third of those who begin the ninth grade - even lower in Los Angeles and other urban school districts.
As if that weren't disturbing enough, the CRB report also surveys data on college preparation and finds a skewed effect on non-white and non-Asian students as well. Of African American and Latino kids who get through high school now (before the exit exam), just 25 and 22 percent, respectively, have completed the coursework for admission to the University of California or California State University systems.
All in all, therefore, fewer than 15 percent of African American and Latino youngsters who begin the ninth grade will be prepared for four-year college admission...
Acknowledging that their effort will probably lead nowhere, Los Angeles Unified school board members will try again today to figure out how to pay for billions of dollars in retirement health benefits and workers' compensation costs - a burden that weighs heavily on the district's future.
...unfunded debts: $6 billion to provide health insurance to retirees and their families, as well as half the district's $685 million in workers' compensation liability...
... In 2002, the LAUSD spent a record $148.5 million on workers' compensation claims, and the projected cost to pay all outstanding claims is about $627 million by June 2006.
The district pays the bulk of its workers' compensation and retiree benefits out of its $5.8 billion general fund - the same fund used to pay for teachers' salaries, textbooks and school supplies...
...United Teachers Los Angeles officials said their members will not compromise on health benefits...
"The best possibility might be (for) the federal government or the state to intercede or to give the district a long-term payment plan to make it as painless as possible," said Sam Kresner, executive assistant to the UTLA president...
Using a combination of aggressive real estate negotiations, political gamesmanship and eminent domain, the Los Angeles Unified School District is scooping up hundreds of acres of land in a $14-billion campus building program that will result in enough new classroom seats to fill Dodger Stadium three times over.
Hi. I'd like to speak to the approximately 50% of Los Angeles County residents who can read this. Did you guys (and gals) know that the other half of Los Angeles County's 16-years-and-older population might be unable to read these here squiggles?
For those of you who can read English, read this (montereyherald . com/mld/montereyherald/news/9612560.htm):
From the L.A. Daily News article 'Mexico joins hands with LAUSD' (dailynews . com/Stories/0,1413,200%257E20954%257E2024346,00.html):
Hoping to boost academic performance and lower dropout rates among Latino students, the Mexican government and Los Angeles Unified School District officials announced a joint outreach program Wednesday targeting Spanish-speaking families.