September 16, 2014

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TWG requested information from our School Superintendent about immigrants in our school system because of recent news reports from around the State and Nation. We thank Mike Newton and the school staff for their prompt response. Here is the information we received:

The Department of Education defines immigrant children as students who are:

  1. Ages 3 -21
  2. Born outside the U.S. or Puerto Rico
  3. Attending U.S. schools for less than 3 full academic years (not necessarily consecutive)

*may include foreign exchange students & students born outside the U.S. to U.S. citizens, including military personnel


Last school year, Jasper County Schools reported 3 confirmed immigrant students:  

  • 2 from Mexico
  • 1 from Guatemala

The process of determining immigrant status for the current school year is still ‘in progress’ until Jasper County Schools can confirm each child meets all of the criteria listed.

At this time, there is no indication the Jasper County Schools have any of the children recently released from federal custody enrolled in the school system.


Citizens, be informed and stay informed!

Only by being informed can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.


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  1. Dennis Hart says:

    Why do you include children of military personnel as “foreign exchange students” ?? Children of
    military personnel go to DoD schools when outside the U.S. and to local schools when they are
    on the States… They ARE NOT FOREIGN and they are not immigrants. At best, they are
    transfer students from another school district. You do know that the U.S. Armed Forces is
    populated by AMERICANS — don’t you ?!?!?! Have any of you ever been military ?
    Don’t they teach this stuff in “Civics Class” in our schools ??

    • taxdogs says:

      This must be what the Federal gov’t has mandated of the schools to include in “immigrants.” This is what the schools sent to us as a response. It’s like being homeless. According to the school
      records, you are homeless if you don’t have a place to live for just ONE day. You can live with your grandmother, but you are considered “homeless” for the school year. Or so Dr. Princess Clark told the BOC one night.

      • Dennis Hart says:

        Based on that standard all our military people on active duty are “Homeless” … These
        are the people who are defending your home. They are NOT HOMELESS just because they have chosen to live in another location. Fact is, military people are more conscious
        of “home” than most civilians. Should you have problems believing this try spending a
        year in Thule, Greenland where there is no one shooting at you and all you need to
        worry about is the weather killing you (average temp year round is -30 F, very easy to
        freeze to death) You can’t even breath hard because it may cause you to inhale the
        super cold air and freeze your lungs –

  2. Alan Cox says:

    Just wanted to tell you that the FFA Camp right across the Alcovy River from me has kids there everyday. That is every unusual for this time of the year. Most kids are attending school and they only have kids on the weekend. Who are the kids over there, why are they not in school? I really do not know how TWG could find out but I can tell you that they are definitely there during the week. I am copying several neighbors who I hope will verify the same thing to you.

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