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Reshaping education policy

Newcomer students are an asset to our communities.

Our education policies should reflect that.

As a refugee-led organization, we believe that refugees and immigrants need to have a seat at the table to help design policies that affect them and build a movement that demands change.

“We need consistent systems in place to allow for smoother adjustment to life in the United States. […] What if refugees got a seat at the table to help design policies that affect them? What if – instead of infantilizing and dehumanizing these new Americans – we asked for their help to create a fairer and more just system?”

—Luma Mufleh, Fugees Family Founder and CEO

We’re building a coalition of educators, policymakers, philanthropic organizations, and more to advocate for data-driven, equitable education policy.

Our priorities include:

  • More flexible testing requirements for English learners
  • A federally-funded newcomer liaison position at the district level
  • Increased funding for English learners and English immersion models
  • Increasing the time arriving students spend in newcomer programs
  • Raising the mandatory graduation age

Working at the local, state, and federal level, we’re sending a message to lawmakers: Investing in newcomers is an investment in the future of America.