Position Statements

Rights, Protections and Education for all Immigrant and Refugee Children

May 2018

The Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE) believes in the right of a free and high-quality education for all children in the United States. This basic right applies to all children regardless of immigration status, including refugees, unaccompanied minors, and undocumented youth. FATE acknowledges and celebrates the richness of the diverse background of these children and supports the teachers and administrators who welcome them into their school communities.

FATE upholds the following statements:

  • We support all educators – teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and support staff – in the education of all youth, including immigrant, undocumented, and unaccompanied learners.
  • We respect the diversity of our student populations and recognize their historical relationship within the United States, including those who have recently joined our communities.
  • We advocate for dignity and equity within our education systems for any and all children.

 

Parkland Shootings

February 2018

Recently in Parkland, FL we had another painful reminder how vulnerable our security and safety can be. As the horrific events played out at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, stories of bravery and heroism have come to light.

Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach, was killed when he threw himself in front of students to protect them from oncoming bullets. Scott Beigel, a geography teacher, was killed when he ushered students to his classroom when the shooting broke out. Chris Hixon, the school’s athletic director and wrestling coach, was killed while patrolling hallways. Ultimately these teachers gave their all. Their actions are the light. As the investigation continues stories of student, teachers, faculty, administration and community members’ acts of heroism will continue to come to light.

The Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE) collectively mourn the loss of the 17 lives lost on Wednesday, February 14th. FATE, an affiliate of the Association of Teacher Educators, supports the ATE resolution, Action on Gun Violence in Schools: Whereas, the federal ban on gun violence research, better known as the Dickey Amendment (Public Law 104-208, September 30, 1996; 110 STAT, 3009) prohibits the necessary research needed to respond to the proliferation of gun violence in our American public schools. Be it resolved, that the ATE supports the repeal of the Dickey Amendment and thus supports scholarly efforts to provide a research basis for action.

We stand in belief if you See Something, Say Something. As we attempt to come to terms with this dreadful event, we honor those we lost. Be in the light.

Respectfully,
Ingrid Cumming, Ed.D.
FATE President