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Legislating what matters: How policy designs shape two new immigrant destinations schools’ responses to immigrant students

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Published: 2022-01-25

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Kristina F. Brezicha

Georgia State University

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7389-9323

Keywords: policy design; new immigrant destinations; immigrant students; immigration policy; Canada; United States

Abstract

This comparative case study examines the policies of two new immigrant destinations in the United States and Canada that in the past 20 years experienced a rapid influx of immigrants. Using an integrated framework of policy design theory and the context of reception, this paper analyzes the framing of immigrant students in the state, district, and school-level policies. Interviews with immigrant students in these communities show how these policies shaped their schooling experiences and communicated important messages to them about their role in their new communities, thus shaping their political identities. The findings highlight the important interplay of these different policymakers in shaping the contexts of receptions students encountered. The paper concludes by discussing educators’ role in working to craft more equitable policies.

 

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Author Biography

Kristina F. Brezicha

Georgia State University

Kristina F. Brezicha is an assistant professor in the department of Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Her research examines how education supports diverse individuals’ abilities to participate equitably in democratic processes. Using an ecological perspective, she has studied students’ experiences, relationships within schools and between schools and communities, and the policies that influence schools’ abilities to actualize the democratic mission of education.

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Published: 2022-01-25

How to Cite

Brezicha, K. F. (2022). Legislating what matters: How policy designs shape two new immigrant destinations schools’ responses to immigrant students. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 30, 4. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.30.5089