Indeed, just hours after Trump signed the executive orders, the board of the Pittsburgh Public Schools unanimously adopted a resolution declaring itself a "sanctuary" campus. On Thursday, the Clark County School Board, which includes Las Vegas public schools, was set to consider a resolution affirming its ongoing commitment to students regardless of immigration status, which read in part that "the incoming presidential administration could cause a disruption to the safety and security" of students and their families.
As just one example, Title I, the largest federal K-12 program, directs $14.5 billion annually to school districts with lots of poor students to ensure they have access to the same types of learning opportunities as wealthier children. For decades, school districts have relied on the number of students enrolled in the school lunch program in order to identify which specific schools are serving the most poor students. Moreover, schools use that count when assessing achievement gaps, namely whether poor students are keeping up academically with wealthier students and, if not, whether they are at least making gains – metrics used in accountability systems in every school district in the country.
School administrators haven't noticed any difficulties once it's time for students to transition from the immersion school to public school, either. Davis said sometimes parents are worried their child's English abilities will be hindered, but the school's data has shown students are either at or above grade level once they reach high school. The first-ever group of Immersion students graduated from high school in May, and many of them received scholarships to go to college.