Avoiding the "Chilling Effect" While Enrolling Immigrant Students


There is growing concern surrounding the impact that the Trump administration’s decision to rescind (cancel) DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program) will have on immigrants and their educational rights. In particular, the work that a school district does to collect information for school enrollment, or eligibility for Title III services, needs to be carefully conducted so as to not violate civil rights around the "chilling effect" (any practices that could intentionally or unintentionally dissuade immigrant families from enrolling their children as students). 

Dr. David Holbrook, Executive Director of Federal Programs at TransACT created this free guide for schools and districts. Click here to download his guidance, including:

  1. Concise listing of federal resources on school enrollment procedures
  2. Disambiguation of the "Immigrant Student" definition
  3. Commentary on collecting data for the determination of Title III program eligibility
Alyssa Thornley

About The Author

Alyssa Thornley has spent her career working to support schools and communities in providing opportunity to all students. In positions as a teacher, professional development coordinator, and as a volunteer, she has focused on the community’s role in education, and in designing efficient programs that work for diverse needs. Alyssa leads TransACT’s customer engagement and market strategy efforts, and works to ensure innovative programs, guidance, and thought leadership from across the country’s districts are being shared and spread.