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Columbus School Board Says Schools Are "Safe Places"

Feb 8, 2017

While confusion continues over President Trump's executive order on immigration, and Statehouse  Republican and Democrats are squaring off over "sanctuary cities" bills, the Columbus Board of Education last night approved a resolution promising a safe environment for all students and staff, regardless of immigration status. 

Board member Ramona Reyes says the resolution is designed to calm fears she and other district officials have been hearing from students and parents.

Reyes and other board members say the resolution reiterates district policy and does not change it.  Last week Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther, a former board member, issued an executive order that Columbus police would not take on the federal duties of arresting or detaining people solely on their immigration status.