The underfunded public school system here in Texas is about to face another problem: should Dreamers be forced out of the US, children across the state–and the nation as a whole–will be affected by their absence. From The Dallas Morning News:
Texas stands to lose about 2,000 teachers who are in the DACA program, and as many as 20,000 such teachers would be affected nationwide. The clock is ticking, and without a legislative reprieve, within a few years it will be illegal for these teachers to work in the U.S. Their loss would hit bilingual education, where there’s a constant dearth of educators, especially hard.
The lack of adequate funding for public schools in Texas is already forcing some schools to close and others to hire fewer teachers. Funding bills passed during the 2017 legislative session did little to address these issues. Should Texas lose as many teachers as is estimated, can we expect the state to do much about this loss during the 2019 legislative session?