ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reached a deal with 20 school districts in the state this week to, he says, ensure undocumented students receive a proper education.
As part of the deal, the districts will remove all mention of a student's or their parents' immigration status from enrollment materials.
“Schoolhouse doors must be open to all students in our diverse state, regardless of their immigration status,” Schneiderman said. “More than 30 years after the Supreme Court guaranteed a free public education for undocumented children, we must do everything we can to uphold the law and ensure equal access for all our students.”
The agreement comes after the New York State Education Department looked at the enrollment procedure for unaccompanied and undocumented students in the state.
The districts include the Amherst, Carthage, Cheektowaga, Cuba Rushford, Dryden, Gates Chili, Greenville, Hilton, Homer, Lyme, Manchester-Shortsville, Penfield, Pittsford, Spencerport, Sullivan West, Vestal, and Williamson Central School Districts; and the Oneida, Port Jervis, and Watertown City School Districts.