CAPS — New York State will soon approve legislation that will allow illegal immigrants who have temporary legal status, DREAMers, to teach in public schools. The Board of Regents voted to allow deferred action for childhood arrivals to apply for state certification and teaching licenses, assuming they have met the other requirements and passed the necessary tests.
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, fired from her previous job as Florida’s Hillsborough County Superintendent of Schools, was effusive about granting teaching licenses to DREAMers. Elia argued, “We shouldn’t close the door on their dreams. Allowing these young people to get professional licenses will open up a new world of economic opportunity for them.” She added that “they’ve done everything right.”