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.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a strong proponent of school choice, has praised magnet schools for their success and commitment to quality. But this specialized approach to education has also come under fire from critics, who note that popular magnet schools, some of which use test scores or a lottery system to admit students, are reserved for the best and brightest. A longer commute to and from school for students and a narrow curriculum are other rebukes lobbed by opponents.
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.