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Districts Warned Against Discouraging Immigrants

By Lesli A. Maxwell — May 13, 2014 1 min read

The U.S. departments of justice and education last week warned school district officials to cease using policies and practices that “chill” or discourage students from enrolling because they, or their parents, may not have legal immigration status.

In a four-page guidance, top civil rights officials write that they’ve recently become aware of such practices. “These practices contravene federal law,” the letter says.

The guidance includes a fact sheet and a frequently-asked-questions document that outline the documentation districts may request when students enroll.

A version of this article appeared in the May 14, 2014 edition of Education Week as Districts Warned Against Discouraging Immigrants

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