Cornell University Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, KRO_23_13_3160_B17F21_186
Brochure from the New York Immigration Coalition informing immigrant parents about their children’s right to education, August 2000.
What group produced this document? What is the purpose and goal of this brochure?
What was the primary goal in creating this document?
What is a green card?
Why does the brochure contain the following phrases: "Don’t Panic. Learn the Facts. Protect your Rights"?
The brochure states that a school employee cannot deny schooling based on what?
What information does a child need to register in school?
Do you think all immigrant parents would be quick to offer this info? Why or why not?
What immigrant groups do you think this brochure targets?
Is it pro-immigrant or not? What is your evidence?
What fears do these questions address?
Does it only deal with the issue of education? Give evidence.
What is one of the few reasons a child can be kept out of school?
What is the difference between bilingual education and ESL?
What other government or private agencies does this brochure advertise?
Why do you think it gives those organizations’ contact information?
If the brochure cannot answer some questions, to whom does the document refer people for answers?
What is meant by "undocumented immigrants"?
Under New York State law, children have a right to attend school from what age to what age? At what ages are students required to attend school?
Investigate the origin of school-provided lunch programs. Find out how New York City’s Department of Education is meeting the huge nutritional task of feeding the largest school system in the country, and how many of these students receive free lunches.
Research two Hispanic countries, one European nation, and Canada to find out their policies for educating immigrants. Are undocumented immigrants allowed and/or required to attend school? What are the prerequisites? What is the cost, if any, for public school in those countries? At what age are children required to attend school? At what ages can children attend school if they choose? What other services are provided for these children while in school? (for example, meals). How does this differ from your school in the U.S.?
Research the controversy over bilingual education. Take a position and write a persuasive essay backing your opinion.
Art: Create an original art work showing your understanding of the migrant worker experience.
Art: Create a poster that uses vivid illustrations to interest and inform an audience with limited English proficiency about the rights of immigrant children to an education.
English Language Arts: Create the agenda for a meeting that would be set up to inform parents about these issues. What topics would be discussed?
Foreign Language/English as a Second Language: Create a pamphlet that uses short, simple phrases in both English and a foreign language to give this information to immigrant parents.