Detained Children Have a Right to Education report back

    August 30, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Duffy Elementary School
    5145 East 5th Street
    Tucson, AZ 85711

    Hosted by Free the Children Coalition

    “IN JULY the TUSD Board voted to dedicate staff to research what right and responsibility they have to provide education to the 300 children being detained at the Southwest Key Facility. At that meeting, we packed the house and we are hoping to do that again.

    ON AUGUST 14th: Read recap here –

    The school Superintendent will again discuss the findings. Let’s pack the house again and let TUSD know that we want those children educated.


    One of the biggest concerns surrounding the well-being of the children being housed at the Southwest Key facility here in Tucson is the question of education. Due to the lack of transparency and accountability, the level/type of education that these children receive is unknown.

    Plyler vs Doe says that school districts service ALL children regardless of immigration status. Therefore, TUSD and all other districts provide services and education to children in group homes, foster homes, and shelters.The Southwest Key facility is located in TUSD, therefore, the children being housed there must also have the right to services provided by the school district. These services include but are not limited to: State approved education, district provided therapy/counseling, translators, and certified educators.

    Last month TUSD Board member Kristel Foster proposed that TUSD investigate its responsibilities and rights as they relate to the children being kept at the Southwest Key facility. Depending on what legal routes they find, TUSD can then choose to fight legally to serve the children. If successful this would set a legal precedent nationally.

    We are asking community members to fill the house this Tuesday the 14th during the TUSD Board meeting to support this effort:

    -The questions being posed: What is the right of the district as it relates to the children at Southwest Key? What is the responsibility of the district as it relates to children at Southwest Key?
    – Call to the audience is at 6pm but try to arrive by 5:30
    -Share with your networks

    Read more information on the subject here:”
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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


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