Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Do public schools accept all students?

School-choice opponents often make the claim (as the OEA did in April) that, unlike private schools, public schools must accept all students. But as education reporter Mike Antonucci points out, the Education Law Center in Pennsylvania has discovered that some school districts "improperly demand a child's Social Security card, a parent's photo identification or court custody order, or inquire into immigration status as a condition of enrollment." Indeed, ELC says that at least 162 of Pennsylvania's 501 school districts have either policies or practices that violate the state's enrollment laws.

One wonders if this is happening in Oklahoma, too.

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