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  • They thought graduation was near. Instead, several immigrant students were pressured to transfer.

    May 20, 2024

    Thalia Juarez for Chalkbeat

    Chalkbeat NY | Schools have other avenues for supporting immigrant students struggling with the ELA Regents that don’t involve forcing them to transfer, said Rita Rodriguez-Engberg, the Immigrant Students Rights Project Director at Advocates for Children, a nonprofit that works on behalf of vulnerable kids.

    They can refer students to extra night classes at Young Adult Borough Centers without un-enrolling them, and there is an appeals process specifically for the ELA Regents test for English Language Learners who fail the exam but score close enough to the cutoff.

    “There are several options,” Rodriguez-Engberg said. “You don’t just ask a student to leave.”