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Education or deportation?
That’s one startling question we are grappling with as San Francisco becomes more of a political outlier in the aftermath of the 2016 elections. The imminent need for documenting this divergence makes our jobs as independent local journalists more important than ever.
Our cover story on bilingual education in this issue, which we started reporting this summer, has taken on new relevance. With immigrants — both legal and undocumented — increasingly demonized by our national leadership, the progress that San Francisco public schools have made in extending bilingual education to both newcomers and native-born could be rendered moot if Donald Trump follows through with his threats to deport masses of immigrants.
Read our letter from the editors: Don’t Take Civil Rights for Granted. Translated below in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese.
ABOUT THIS REPORTING PROJECT
In addition to interviewing educators, parents, children and researchers for this special report, the Public Press compiled and compared outcomes for immigrant students in the largest school districts in the Bay Area and districts of similar size throughout California.
REPORTING: Jeremy Adam Smith, Hye-Jin Kim, Nadia Mishkin, Shinwha Whang
PROJECT EDITORS: Noah Arroyo, Michael Stoll, Michael Winter
DATA GRAPHICS: Amanda Hickman
PHOTOGRAPHY: Nadia Mishkin
ONLINE: John Angelico