Arizona’s immigration law will create “a chilling effect” on education

The Arizona School Boards Association has condemned Gov. Jan Brewer’s signing of SB1070, Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, saying the law “will create a chilling effect that will make some parents hesitant to send their children to school.”

“The Arizona School Boards Association believes the needs of students must be the foundation of, and driving force behind, the entire educational system and that it is the responsibility of the local school district, with the support of the state and federal governments, to create opportunities for success for each and every student,” said Panfilo H. Contreras, executive director of the ASBA, in a statment issues yesterday. “We fear that SB1070 will create a chilling effect that will make some parents hesitant to send their children to school, even if those children are eligible to attend Arizona public schools, thus inhibiting such opportunities for success.”

The ASBA promotes community volunteer governance of public education and continuous improvement of student success by providing leadership and assistance to school governing boards. More than 240 school boards and charter schools from across Arizona, representing 1,200-plus school board members and over 1 million children, are member.

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