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Suit Requests Data on Ala. Immigration

By The Associated Press — October 16, 2012 1 min read
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A lawsuit has been filed accusing the Alabama department of education of refusing to release school data showing the impact the state’s law cracking down on illegal immigrants has had on Hispanic students.

The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery filed the lawsuit, which contends education officials have declined to release data on student enrollment before and after the immigration law was enacted.

The lawsuit says the center has requested a copy of information that education officials have sent to the U.S. Department of Justice.

A section of the immigration law requires school systems to collect immigration data on students. That section has been enjoined by a federal court. The lawsuit seeks data on what effect it had before being stopped by the courts.

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A version of this article appeared in the October 17, 2012 edition of Education Week as Suit Requests Data on Ala. Immigration

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