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  • Dr. Campbell with three scholars from Decatur High School

    Dear Federal Way Public Schools Parents and Guardians,

    In recent weeks, I have fielded questions from our scholars, their families and the larger community about the general sense of unease that exists within some of our communities in Federal Way.

    Last November, the Federal Way Public Schools’ Board of Directors was one of the first school boards to pass a resolution outlining our commitment to being an inclusive district where ALL families feel welcome, safe and valued regardless of language, race, ethnicity, socioeconomics or any other exceptionality (see the attached resolution). In short, we want our scholars to feel that our schools are safe havens.

    To that end, I would like to share some important information with each of you as it relates to this issue of concern.

    The most relevant U.S. Supreme Court case is Plyler v. Doe, from 1982. In Plyler, the Court ruled that undocumented students have the same right to attend public schools as U.S. citizens and permanent residents. As a result of the ruling, public schools:

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