José Luis Ruiz Arévalos was forced to stay in Mexico two years ago, when U.S. Consulate officers decided that under Trump administration guidance, he was likely to become a "public charge." Since he has been gone, the college plans for three oldest children in his family have unraveled.
This documentary illustrates the education struggles families face and how some students put off the start of their college careers, so they could support their families when the pandemic claimed their parents' jobs.
First report cards of this most unusual school year jolted many of the families participating in EdSource’s special project to chronicle how families are coping. For many, lower-than-expected grades just reinforced how much they are struggling with learning from home.