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PSESD Public Charge Statement October 2018


Jessica de Barros
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Renton, WA. - October 18, 2018 - Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) condemns the Trump administration’s proposed new “public charge” regulations, published in the federal register on October 10, 2018.  

The regulations would significantly broaden the “public charge” test, which is already included in immigration law to determine whether people who become citizens might depend on government benefits.  If the federal government deems that someone might become a “public charge,” they can be refused entry to the United States and refused a green card.  The new regulations would require immigration caseworkers to consider a substantial increase of factors when evaluating whether someone is likely to be dependent on public assistance. Currently, cash assistance is only included in this evaluation. However, the new regulations expand programs that must be considered, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), non-emergency Medicaid, housing assistance such as Section 8 vouchers, and Medicare part D. 

“These proposed regulations will force immigrant families to choose between their legal immigration status and their children’s access to basic needs such as food, shelter and health care,” said PSESD Superintendent John Welch:  “The regulations discriminate against immigrants and their children (who are often U.S. citizens) for being low-income, having children, not speaking English, or being diagnosed with a medical condition. Furthermore, the regulations are extremely harmful because they leave parents concerned about enrolling their children in all public services. We want to ensure that all students, including students from our immigrant families, receive the services they need to succeed in school and in life.”

PSESD will be submitting public comment in opposition to the proposed regulations, in partnership with the national Protecting Immigrant Families and statewide Protecting Immigrant Families - Washington coalitions. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is considering public comment through December 10, 2018.  People impacted by the regulations are encouraged to send public comment via the following action center:  Large volumes of public comment can prevent the regulations from becoming law, or amend the regulations to address concerns. Federal officials are required to read and consider how to amend the regulations in response to every piece of public comment. 

“As an agency, we will do everything we can to ensure all children are safe in their schools, as well as amplify the voices of their families and communities,” said Superintendent Welch. “We stand with our immigrant and refugee students and families every day, and we remain in extreme opposition to these proposed regulations.”


John Welch Speaking at School Safety Press Conference

Leaders from the state’s Educational Service Districts (ESDs) joined legislators, school staff and student representatives on September 22, for a news conference urging broader support and additional funding for school safety and student mental health services.

Read More about ESDs, superintendents, state legislators and students push for additional support to address student safety and mental health.

On August 28, 2019, the Martin Luther King County Council passed historic legislation investing $318 million to improve educational outcomes for children and youth over the next 16 years. The investment, funded through voter-approved Sound Transit 3 proceeds, supports King County children and youth across the entire age spectrum, from early learning through postsecondary completion.  

Of the $318 million investment in the King County Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA):

  • $153.8 million will support the development of early learning facilities
  • $29.6 million will support community-based organizations working with students in the K–12 grades
  • $112.4 million will go to the King County Promise, which provides advising support for underserved high school and college students to get them to and through college
  • $22.6 million will be reserved for administration and evaluation
Read More about King County Promise Legislation Passed
AESD School Accreditation Services

Learn how AESD Accreditation aligns with School Improvement Planning and can help your school to provide the most value for your students.

LIT Interns

High school students are invited to learn with us and influence the work of the organization into the future. Interns will be part of LIT (Leaders in Training), and participate in learning and leadership sessions with other interns

Interns are compensated $15/hour and need to have transportation to meeting locations and worksite. Internships are held at PSESD (800 Oakesdale Avenue SW, Renton, 98057). 
A transportation stipend of $100 is provided.

Welcoming Balloons

The Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) is a professional organization serving educational service agencies (ESAs) in 45 states; there are 553 agencies nationwide. AESA is in the position to reach well over 80% of the public school districts, over 83% of the private schools, over 80% certified teachers, and more than 80% non-certified school employees, and well over 80% public and private school students. Annual budgets for ESAs total approximately $15  billion.

Read More about AESA Welcomes PSESD, John Welch, to the Executive Council
Children Reading

We are on track for school budget cuts that disproportionately hurt students of color and those who are living in poverty — the very students who are negatively impacted by the opportunity gap we are all striving to close.

2019 Classified School Employee of the Year. Nominate Onlin

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 PSESD Classified School Employee of the Year. This annual award recognizes and honors the work of school and district classified staff. PSESD’s Regional Classified School Employee of the Year will serve as one of nine finalists for OSPI’s annual statewide award, which will be announced in the spring.

Read More about 2019 Classified School Employee of the Year Nominations