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Feds: All Kids, Legal or Not, Entitled to Education

May 10, 2011
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The U.S. government told school districts that all students – legal or not – are entitled to a public education. Schools cannot bar students based on their immigration status. Districts may not ask for information based on race, color or national origin.

The Department of Justice said this has been the law since Ronald Reagan was president. A 1982 Supreme Court case said that states could not bar students from public school whether they are here legally or not.

The department said districts could require students to provide proof of residency in the district. A phone or water bill would be proof. They can also require a birth certificate to prove the age of the student. It can come from any country. The student does not have to provide a social security number.

The Miami Herald


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