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9/5/2017 | TACOMA, Washington
Tacoma Public Schools is committed to ensuring that our students feel safe, welcomed and respected at school.
Those are my words. But they are also the words of the authors of our state's constitution—Article IX, Section I:
is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the
education of all children residing within its borders, without
distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.
means all. Including our immigrant students, our Tacoma Dreamers, who
fall under the provisions of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood
By now, you probably have heard that the Trump
Administration intends to end the protections against deportation for
immigrants whose parents brought them to this country as children. You
also may have heard that our Governor and state Attorney General have
vowed to fight in court to keep the DACA provisions in place. Some in
Congress also have stated they will push to preserve the DACA program.
This will all play out outside our direct control.
Tacoma Public Schools, I want to assure you that we will not waver in
our role as caretakers and educators of all of Tacoma's children.
ongoing commitment to the tenets of the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative
commit us to paying attention to the social and emotional needs of our
students. I can only imagine the stresses our Dreamer students and their
families are feeling these days. That's why I call on all of us in
Tacoma Public Schools to be extra-vigilant in our awareness of and
support for how this stress is affecting our students and their ability
to focus on learning—and be prepared to provide support.
some things in our world continue to change, our responsibilities remain
the same. Our goal remains, that we will prepare ALL Tacoma Public
School students to graduate college- and career-ready. We remain
committed to developing the Whole Child. We are preparing students to
become global citizens.
We want to graduate students who value and
contribute to our community. Certainly, we need your support in
achieving these goals.
Carla J. Santorno, Superintendent
Tacoma Public Schools is the only district designated an Innovation Zone by Washington State. A leader in implementing innovative schools and programs to meet the diverse needs of every student, every day, TPS serves approximately 30,000 students from preschool to grade 12 and at nearly 5000 employees is one of the largest employers in Tacoma. Learn more...
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