New York State Knocks Down Enrollment Barriers for Unaccompanied Minors


The New York State Board of Regents approved an emergency order today to ensure students are able to enroll in the state's public schools regardless of their immigration status.

The new policy prohibits schools from asking about immigration status of students or their families during the enrollment process.

An investigation launched in October by the state education department and the state attorney general's office found evidence that some districts refused to enroll undocumented youths and unaccompanied minors if they were unable to produce documents demonstrating guardianship or residency in the state. The probe began in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland ...