CCSA Files Amicus Briefs in Support of San Francisco and Santa Clara County's Motion Against Executive Order Stripping Funding from the Counties

April 18, 2017

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The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) recently joined amicus briefs in support of San Francisco County and Santa Clara County's Complaints for Injunctive Relief. The lawsuits seek immediate relief from the enforcement of Section 9 in President Trump's Executive Order titled "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States."

Section 9 of the Executive Order gives the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security authority to individually deny federal funds that provide critical basic health, welfare, and safety services to any jurisdiction they deem to be a "sanctuary jurisdiction." The Executive Order does not define the term "sanctuary jurisdiction." As such, this broad, ambiguous threat ultimately places local jurisdictions across the state at risk of losing their federal funds.

CCSA joined multiple school districts, charter public schools, and education associations across the state in supporting these efforts because we believe it is the right of every public school to protect, foster and educate all students, regardless of their immigration status. The Executive Order immediately prompted questions and concerns from students and their families about whether schools will disclose their immigration status or other sensitive information to federal officials, and it also caused a drop in attendance and community participation. These reactions to the Executive Order negatively and irreparably impact academic outcomes, and the social and emotional health of California's public school students, including charter public school students. Additionally, the Executive Order creates financial risks to public school outside of their control, resulting in severe financial consequences for charter school students.

To learn more about CCSA's safe space resources for charter schools, visit our website here.