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April 7, 2006

Student Response to Immigration Debate

The national debate on immigration has generated much discussion in our district.  School staff members are working with students to create creative and positive forums for dialogue on this topic.  “We encourage our students to express their multiple views in a way that does not disrupt instruction, such as holding rallies during the lunch hour or after school,” said Superintendent Bob Adams.

Today students from East Middle School and Hinkley High School participated in a student-organized, peaceful rally during the lunch hour.  Students wore white shirts to demonstrate their unity.  Students shared their views on the topic and signed a petition in support of immigration that they will send to elected officials.

Students from North Middle School held a cultural awareness assembly to celebrate the benefits of cultural diversity at their school.  The celebration featured a program by Aurora Central High School students who shared customs from their own cultures, including Asian and flamenco dancers and an African American drill team.

“It is our hope that we can support students as they express their views in way that enhances learning,” said Superintendent Bob Adams.  School staff members are also working with students who may consider other avenues to ensure that they fully understand the implications of their choices and the consequences they may face, such as missing assignments or being marked absent.   If walk outs do occur, staff members will work hard to ensure that demonstrations are orderly and that students are safe. 

The Aurora Public Schools is the sixth largest district in the state.  Our 32,000 students, from more than 100 countries, speak more than 90 languages. 
Student demographics: 

  • 48 percent are Hispanic
  • 26 percent are White
  • 21 percent are Black
  • 4 percent are Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 1 percent are Native American


Communication Services

Georgia Durán, Director
303-344-8060, ext. 28015
FAX: 303-326-1939
e-mail: georgiad@admin.aps.k12.co.us

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