The Honorable Lamar Alexander
Dirksen Senate Office Building SD- 455
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Bob Corker
Dirksen Senate Office Building SD- 425
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker,
As members of the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition, we write you to express our support for the passage of a clean Dream Act. The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition is a diverse group of civil rights and education advocacy organizations whose goal is to build a shared advocacy agenda to address achievement and opportunity gaps for students across the state. We write you to respectfully request that you support the Dream Act and move to passing this piece of legislation before Christmas. Passing the Dream Act is a Civil Rights Issue, and an Education Issue.
One of the guiding policy principals for the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition is that all students in our state deserve equitable and appropriate resources and supports. We believe that every child — regardless of their age, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity or documentation status — deserves to have an excellent education. We support the Dream Act because we support the over 23,000 immigrant youth that call Tennessee home, and have been educated through our public school system. We also stand by teachers that through the DACA program have been able to teach in our schools. Without DACA, and without the Dream Act, the United States as a whole will love over 20,000 educators.
As educators and civil rights leaders, we urge you to stand with these Tennesseans and support the Dream Act. Protecting Dreamers will keep thousands of Tennessee K-12 students in schools. We must continue investing in all our students and their futures to ensure that we remain the fastest improving state in the nation in education.
From Memphis to Morristown, and in all corners of our state, our Coalition members are committed to partnering in efforts to advance the achievement for all students in Tennessee. We urge you to do everything in your power to protect immigrant youth in our state.