IDRA reminds public schools they must serve undocumented children

To coincide with the new school year, the San Antonio-based nonprofit has released a new infographic.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Intercultural Development Research Association has reminded public schools that, by law, they must serve all students, including those that are undocumented.

To coincide with the new school year, the San Antonio-based nonprofit has released a new infographic as a reminder that public schools must serve all children.

“Schools should not discourage students without certain documents for attending school,” said IDRA President and CEO Celina Moreno, J.D., pictured above.

“In fact, students are required to attend school under the state’s compulsory education laws.”

Moreno said all public schools should “assure parents” that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act restricts schools from sharing information with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).

“IDRA’s focus is to strengthen schools to work for all children, families and communities,” Moreno said. “Help us make this goal a reality for every child; we simply cannot afford the alternatives.”

Moreno added: “Denying undocumented students or children of undocumented parents access to an education is unconstitutional and against the law.”

IDRA’s new infographic is available in English and Spanish, and in full color. It is available for download on the group’s website along with many other resources for schools and advocates. “We encourage you to share them across your networks,” IDRA said. 

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