Friday night I attended a reception to honor and highlight the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Vargus. He revealed his unauthorized status in recent articles he wrote for the New York Times Magazine and Time magazine. In September 2011, Rhode Island's Board of Governors for Higher Education approved a policy that allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at Rhode Island's colleges if they attended high school in the state for at least three years and graduated. The students must sign an affadavit stating they are pursuing legal status. The policy went into effect in 2012.
Saturday morning I delivered the keynote to pre-service teachers at the RIASCD 10th Annual Pre-Service Conference. I offer the following excerpt from my speech: