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Statement From Our Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools

**Originally Posted in May 2017**

On behalf of the Poughkeepsie City School District, the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools express our deep and unwavering commitment and support of every scholar we serve in the Poughkeepsie City School District. We reaffirm our commitment to diversity, inclusion and, of equal importance, as a public school district, we welcome our immigrant and refugee scholars to our school District. The District’s English as a New Language (ENL) program currently supports approximately 430 English language learners (ELLs) who come from approximately 25 countries and collectively speak close to 18 different languages.

We concur with the following statement, as noted in the joint letter issued by the New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and the New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman: 

“At a time when so many questions are being raised on what immigrant-related actions will be taken by the federal government, it is vital that we, as educators and government officials, remind our school communities about the importance of inclusiveness and the right of all students to receive an education without fear of reprisal simply by being in school. Our classrooms must remain safe havens for all children.” Please click here to read the full joint letter issued by Commissioner Elia and Attorney General Schneiderman.

It is both our responsibility and a privilege, as educators, to welcome our “new” Americans to the Poughkeepsie City School District family where our goal is to deliver on the promise of a high-quality, world-class, public education for every scholar, every day, in every classroom. We deeply appreciate the unwavering support of our community. Together, we will achieve excellence.

 

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