Boston School Head Denies Giving Student Info To Immigration Enforcement

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- Boston's outgoing School Superintendent, Tommy Chang, is denying claims the school district shared information with immigration officials that led to the arrest of a student.

Superintendent Tommy Chang made his feelings known in a letter to the school community.

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Tommy Chang To Resign As Head Of Boston Public Schools

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He says says a claim in a pending lawsuit saying the school department gave information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, is false. He says it's unusual for him to comment on a lawsuit they haven't officially received yet, but he says the claim fundamentally contradicts what the department stands for.

"That claim is false" said Chang in a statement to WBZ NewsRadio1030. "BPS would never give student info to ICE, unless required under law."

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Chang says this issue is personal to him, as he came to this country as an immigrant child, and says it's against school policy to provide student records to ICE, and the school department does not have a practice of doing so. 

Last week, Chang and Mayor Walsh announced Chang will be leaving his post before the start of the new school year.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope reports

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