Schools must provide equal access to public education to all students, regardless of immigration status

BOSTON – Massachusetts immigrant advocates commend Attorney General Maura Healy for issuing an advisory reminding school officials across the state of their obligations under state and federal law to provide all elementary and secondary students with the same access to public education, regardless of their citizenship or nationality. immigration status.

FILE - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, right, faces reporters as Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, left, looks on during a news conference in Boston, Thursday, July 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

“We are delighted to see the Attorney General issue this updated guidance on equitable access to public education, regardless of immigration status,” said Elizabeth Sweet, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). “In Massachusetts, there are approximately 15,000 undocumented school-age children and youth. These children and youth deserve the opportunity, like all children and youth, to grow in all the ways that school makes possible: academically, socially, and emotionally.”

The advisory, which was released on April 11, updates previous guidance issued by the Office of the Attorney General. Remember that “state and federal laws require that educational agencies and local school districts provide all school-age children with equal access to a public education, regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, etc. national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or immigration status.”

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