NJ Senate Panel Advances Bill To Remind School Districts To Enroll Students Regardless Of Immigration Status

The New Jersey State House (Photo credit: Marion Touvel)

The New Jersey State House (Photo credit: Marion Touvel)

TRENTON – The New Jersey Senate Education Committee advanced a bill Monday to require the state to biannually distribute a letter to school districts reminding them of the requirement to enroll resident students regardless of immigration status. The Assembly approved the bill by a 64-13 vote in June

The bill (A-718) is based on a 1982 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that held that undocumented children living in the United States could not be excluded from public elementary and secondary schools based upon their immigration status.

“It’s important to regularly remind school districts that a child’s immigration status does not affect his eligibility to attend public school,” said Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union), a sponsor of the proposed legislation. “We are rightly committed in New Jersey to educating each and every child, and this bill simply reminds everyone of that goal.”

Under the bill, the letter must be distributed by Aug. 1 and Dec. 30 of each school year and must include information on the documentation that may be requested pursuant to state board regulations to demonstrate a student’s eligibility for enrollment in the district.

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