Saturday, February 25, 2017


Just weeks after the Township Committee approved a resolution to protect local immigrants against federal prosecution efforts, and as President Trump continues his efforts to block entry for immigrants and expand deportation, the Board of Education is set to approve its own measure to protect immigrants.

A resolution set for approval at Monday night's board meeting states that at least 26% of Maplewood residents are foreign-born. It also sets in place protections against sharing information with federal authorities that would help their efforts to prosecute immigrants, both students and others.

It states, in part:

…….The Board reaffirms its commitment to equal opportunity for all school-age students residing in South Orange and Maplewood to attend, and to enjoy all opportunities and benefits available in the schools of our District, regardless of ethnicity, national origin, race, immigration status, or religious beliefs, free from harassment or intimidation, for so long as they may reside in South Orange and Maplewood….

…that the Board will protect student confidentiality and will not share private information unless required by law or a court order, and we expect all persons employed by and in the South Orange and Maplewood School District to protect student privacy and confidentiality as well…

See the entire resolution HERE.

The board will meet to vote on it and other issues during its regular meeting Monday night at 7:30 p.m. at The Montrose School, 356 Clark St., South Orange.

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