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New network launches to highlight policies impacting Tennessee's immigrant students

from Chalkbeat Tennessee

Tennessee's growing immigrant population has spawned a network for educators, parents and advocates of students who are learning to speak English. And the timing couldn't be better, say its organizers, citing heightened concern for immigrant communities under President-elect Donald Trump, who campaigned on the promise of curbing immigration. The Tennessee English Learner Network launched recently and has 130 members, said Gini Pupo-Walker, senior director of education policy and strategic growth for Conexión Américas, a nonprofit organization that serves the state's immigrant community. The Nashville-based group is partnering with Migration Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based research center, to coordinate the network. more


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