Education group pulls meeting from Atlanta due to Georgia immigation law

Actions have consequences. By the way, the Georgia legislature also is considering a bill to ban illegal immigrants from attending any state college or university, despite the fact that very few do. This, of course, is taking the opposite course from passing the DREAM Act.

Currently, the Board of Regents does not allow undocumented immigrants to attend the state’s most selective schools (i.e., those that turn away qualified applicants): Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia College, and Georgia Health Sciences University.

From the association’s announcement:

The 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association will be held in San Francisco, California, Saturday, April 27 through Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

Although AERA had planned to hold the 2013 meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, the AERA Council began reconsideration of Atlanta as the venue for the Annual Meeting after passage in May 2011 of , the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, by the Georgia State Legislature. In a related action, in April 2010, the AERA Council had passed a resolution that the Association would not site meetings in Arizona until that state’s similar legislation in question was repealed (Arizona SB1070).

In June 2011, the AERA Council began an intensive process of consideration of HB87, how best to proceed in light of AERA’s mission and policies, and options for the 2013 Annual Meeting. On October 30, 2011, the Executive Board decided to relocate from Atlanta leading in early February 2012 to the final selection of San Francisco as the site.

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