Education Leaders Call on Congress to Protect DREAMers

Current Events & News | 02/16/2017

Jonah Edelman

Jonah is the co-founder and CEO of Stand for Children.

More than 2,000 education leaders, including former Education Secretary and incoming President and CEO of the Education Trust John King, have signed on to a petition, organized by Stand for Children, calling for protections for undocumented students currently living in fear of deportation.  

Driven by that urgency, Stand for Children, in partnership with a diverse group of education leaders, is calling on Congress to pass the BRIDGE Act, a bipartisan and bicameral proposal which seeks to temporarily extend protections for DREAMers, including many students, recent graduates and teachers.  The BRIDGE Act, along with a long-term legislative solutionis urgently needed to realize the potential of the children in our classrooms and to ensure qualified educators can continue teaching youth across the country.

The growing number of petition signatories includes the superintendents of some of the largest school districts; the president of a national teachers union; leaders of top public charter school networks and crucial nonprofits; and principals and teacher leaders.

This extraordinary alliance of the nation’s leading educators has come together to call on national leaders to continue protecting these young people. It is, in many ways, a surprising group; it transcends traditional alliances and divides in education to ask our leaders to do right by our students.  

The petition drive was organized by Stand for Children, a national nonprofit that advocates for quality educational opportunities in 11 states.

“Our nation's education leaders have made clear that it's essential to protect these young people from deportation,” said Stand CEO Jonah Edelman. “The BRIDGE Act stands today as the most immediate and viable way to accomplish that.”

Stand for Children will continue to advocate for leaders in Washington to take action to protect DREAMers, who are a tremendous asset to our society.

For more information about the petition and the full list of signatories, please visit


Stand for Children is a non-partisan education advocacy organization focused on ensuring all students graduate from high school ready for college or career training. Visit for more information.

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