Friday, May 9, 2014

Education, Justice Department Update Plyler Guidance

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom:  Immigration Law report that Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary Arne Duncan have announced updated guidance to assist public elementary and secondary schools to ensure enrollment processes are consistent with the law and fulfill their obligation to provide all children – no matter their background – equal access to an education. In 2011, the Departments of Justice and Education issued guidance to help schools understand their responsibilities under the Supreme Court’s decision in Plyler v. Doe and federal civil rights laws to provide all children with equal access to an education regardless of their or their parents’ immigration status. The departments issued updates to that guidance, including examples of permissible enrollment practices, as well as examples of the types of information that may not be used as a basis for denying a student entrance to school.

Immigration law expert Michael Olivas offers his views on teh Obama administration's guidance on NPR.


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