New York Board of Regents Approves Teaching Certification for Undocumented Immigrants

The New York State Board of Regents met this week to vote on allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for teacher certifications. According to Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia, the board decided to approve the decision, stating that most of those interested in applying have gone to school and worked hard, but are often denied the opportunity to teach due to their immigration status. Officials referenced the federal policy that was enacted in 2012, Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals, which allows children of undocumented immigrants that were raised in America to defer removal from the Country for two years. Those that fit the requirements of DACA act will now be able to become certified to teach in New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office commented that he must review the controversial policy, but stated that the legality will depend on the way it is written.

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