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Obama Works to Keep Undocumented Students in School

Obama Administration works to keep undocumented students in school

The Obama Administration has heard "troubling" reports of school districts across the Unites States "raising barriers" for undocumented children seeking public education. In response, the Huffington Post reports, a new policy will help ensure that K-12 schools are not "complicating access" to public education for students who are either undocumented or whose parents are in the country illegally. 

In 1982's Plyler v. Doe, the Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional to exclude students from a free public education based on immigration status. Despite the ruling, however, certain state and local policies and laws have restricted some students from attending school. 

"Such actions and policies not only harm innocent children," said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. "They also markedly weaken our nation--as the court recognized in Plyler--by leaving young people unprepared and ill-equipped to succeed and contribute to what is, in many cases, the only home they have ever known."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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