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DPS first in country to hire undocumented immigrants as teachers through partnership

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DENVER -- Through a partnership with Teach for America, Denver Public Schools has hired two previously undocumented immigrants as teachers.

District spokeswoman Kristy Armstrong said the teachers were hired through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals directive. This policy gives temporary deportation relief and work authorization for immigrants who qualify.

To qualify, the candidate must have come to the U.S. while under the age of 16, among other criteria.

It gives a person the chance to live and work in the U.S.

"We have two teachers on DACA status who have been hired recently," Armstrong said. "This is exciting news for our schools because one of our core strategies is ensuring we have great teachers in every classroom, and it is especially impactful to have educators who have shared the same experiences as our kids. So we’re excited to have this partnership with Teach For America that has cleared the way for educators with deferred-action status to teach in our classrooms."

Armstrong said DPS is looking to expand the program "significantly" next year.

The news brought immediate criticism from some people who say there are plenty of qualified people to teach who need work and who are American citizens.

Teach for America is a national program that brings young people into classrooms as teachers. They are not licensed teachers, but are issued an alternate license to teach.


  • coloradocommish

    American Citizens hurt again, by the Liberal Agenda.

    Note to all of the recently graduated, US Citizens, with Education Degrees… Repayment of your Student Loans begin in 6 months…. TeeHee

  • Snarky Cosmos

    And the pro illegal alien crowd will counter with the following:

    “Without us, who will commit your crimes?”

    “Without us, who will fill your jails?”

    And the list goes on like a career criminal’s rap sheet.

  • mrsvasquez325

    As a DPS graduate and teacher, I am very proud of this decision. We are a country created by immigrants. Some of the very brightest students I have taught are undocumented. To have them giving back to the community is a benefit to the entire community.

    • Snarky Cosmos

      A true immigrant is one who enters a country as a welcomed person with the permission of the host country with the intent of becoming a citizen and adapting to the host country’s laws, language, culture, etc. An illegal alien is a border hopping criminal who feels the rules do not apply to them. Being a citizen is optional in their mind as they sponge off the host country and its citizens in any manner possible.

      Please retire from teaching Mrs. Vasquez as our screwed up education system doesn’t need any more tenured unionized slackers whose only mission in life is to count the days till they can collect from the PERA gravy train.

  • mrsvasquez325

    Wow. The xenophobia in your comments is palpable, whoever you are behind the screen name “Snarky Cosmos”. What is it that engenders so much fear within you? Change? Difference?

    I wish you the best on this journey into the inevitable.

    • Snarky Cosmos

      Ah, leave it to Mrs. Vasquez to play the race card like all good enlightened liberals do. Did I mention a specific race or ethnicity? No. My statement applies to any country in the world. If I choose to emigrate to China, I better learn the language, the customs, etc. The same applies if I move to Germany, Angola, etc. It would be folly for me to expect a whole country to cater to me. However; illegal aliens expect Americans to cater to their every whim, which is wrong.

      Not all change is good, nor is all difference good; just as the status quo can be good or bad depending on what it is.

      Since you consider me a racist, thank you for uncloaking your real self. Please leave teaching to the professionals and go to work for La Raza, which as I understand it loosely translates to THE Race. Hmmm…THE Race sounds pretty exclusionary to me.

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