Business & Education
6:16 am
Fri May 23, 2014

SPLC Warns School Systems on Immigration

The Southern Poverty Law Center has warned 96 Alabama school systems that they are violating federal guidelines by discouraging enrollment based on immigration status.

The group sent a letter to state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice. SPLC attorney Jay Singh said Thursday that all children have a right to attend public schools regardless of immigration status.

Tommy Bice
Tommy Bice
Credit The Montgomery Advertiser

The letter asks Bice to ensure that all schools comply with federal mandates by the start of the 2014-15 school year.

Bice earlier notified local superintendents that a student can't be denied admission because of lack of a Social Security number, birth certificate or parent's driver's license. The letter says that those documents are voluntary, and not mandatory for school admission.

School officials didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.