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Thank You Letters from Undocumented Students

By Mary Ann Zehr — March 27, 2008 1 min read
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The editors of Education Week got an e-mail message this week from Yvonne Watterson, an Arizona principal who was recently featured in the New York Times for becoming an advocate for her undocumented high school students. She raised funds to pay for some of her students to take college courses, given that Arizona has a new law that denies undocumented students the opportunity to pay in-state tuition rates at colleges and universities. (See “Arizona Principal Goes into ‘Advocacy Mode.’ ”)

In her e-mail, Ms. Watterson let us know she’s edited a book, Documented Dreams, containing thank you letters her students wrote to donors that also tell about their hopes to get a college education in this country. Find it at Amazon for $25.

Here’s a principal who has decided to extend the work she does within the walls of her school, GateWay Early College High School in Phoenix, beyond those walls.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.