Civil rights group alleges Alabama districts violated immigrant access law

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Southern Poverty Law Center is alleging 96 Alabama school districts are violating a federal law which prohibits denying a child's access to public education based on immigration status.

The Montgomery-based SPLC sent a letter to Alabama School Superintendent Tommy Bice today asking him to ensure all of Alabama's 135 school systems comply with federal mandates on the issue by the opening of the 2014-15 school year.

The SPLC's concern focuses on schools it says are denying or discouraging access to public education. The group cites school enrollment forms that "require a Social Security number or a U.S. birth certificate, without explaining that such disclosure, under federal law, is voluntary and not necessary for enrollment."

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