School-age children, regardless of immigration status, have a right to a public education based on the 1982 U.S. Supreme Court case known as Plyler v. Doe.
In 1975, Texas passed a law to withhold state funds for educating students who were not legal residents and gave districts the right to deny enrollment to undocumented students.
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, found the law violated the 14th Amendment. In part, the decision determined children had a right to protection from discrimination, and the law imposed a burden based on “a legal characteristic over which children can have little control.”
The majority stated denying children an education would likely contribute to “the creation and perpetuation of a subclass of illiterates within our boundaries, surely adding to the problems and costs of unemployment, welfare and crime.”Click here to read the complete article at Tulsaworld.com