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How districts can step in to help students deal with deportation fears

Any disruption in a student’s home life can have a cascading effect on a his or her school performance and even their behavior. Fear of the unknown when a parent is detained due to illegal immigration charges can leave students fearful and depressed. Teachers and educators across the country are saying that the stricter immigration policies are causing fear in the classroom and causing good students to miss classes, let grades slip and show behavior problems.

According a report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, educators are reporting that students’ worst fear is being left alone or left to care for their younger siblings and not knowing how they would survive.

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