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"Immigration Enforcement and Absenteeism in a California School District"

J. Jacob Kirksey, UC Santa Barbara - Emerging Scholars Award for Excellence in Research and Public Policy
  • "Immigration Enforcement and Absenteeism in a California School District"
  • 2019-06-26T12:00:00-07:00
  • 2019-06-26T13:00:00-07:00
  • J. Jacob Kirksey, UC Santa Barbara - Emerging Scholars Award for Excellence in Research and Public Policy
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Jun 26, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
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1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Emerging Scholars Award for Excellence in Research and Public Policy

Schools are on the frontlines of confronting potential spillover effects from immigration enforcement policies on young children’s education. Approximately 5.7 million children in the U.S. live with at least one undocumented parent, making up over 7% of all schoolchildren. In recent waves of immigration raids, there has been a particular concern among educators that immigrant-origin students and their peers may be increasingly absent from school. This concern comes at a time when California and 36 other states have adopted chronic absenteeism as one indicator of school quality under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The current work explores this issue in partnership with a small, urban California school district. Analyses indicate that each incident involving arrests of undocumented persons living in same community of the students in the school district related to sharp spikes in absenteeism of all students, regardless of immigrant-status. When considering funding implications from declines in attendance, ICE arrests over four years near this school district translated to a loss of $1.45 million in attendance funding from the state. These findings are contextualized in the broader state and national conversations on the ways in which immigration enforcement may produce consequences for students and educators.

Drawing from various perspectives and interdisciplinary frameworks in educational policy, Jacob’s Kirksey Photoresearch examines unintended consequences in educational policy and focuses on frequently forgotten populations. Specifically, his research has examined whether general education teachers are prepared to teach in inclusive classrooms, STEM pathways for students with disabilities, spillover effects of immigration enforcement activities, and the determinants and consequences of chronic absenteeism and truancy in K-12. Each of these lines of research represents a group of individuals for whom many policies do not take into account. Previously, Jacob served as a 5th grade teacher, taught drama after school in a small school district, and served on the school board for a charter school in the Pikes Peak Region.

 

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