Capital New York:
The Department of Education is instructing its principals on how to manage the influx of unaccompanied migrant children streaming into New York City, according to a memo obtained by Capital.
The memo, which contains guidelines for everything from enrolling the children to finding them dental care, was sent to all city principals earlier this week.
The letter states that the D.O.E. is "well-positioned to guide the enrollment, instruction and support of unaccompanied child migrants arriving in NYC."
According to D.O.E. figures, 62,998 migrant children have come to the United States since October 2013. D.O.E. officials said 2,552 of them have been enrolled in the city's public schools: 676 in Queens; 409 in Brooklyn; 404 in the Bronx; and 63 in Manhattan. School officials said they expect an additional 1,000 over the next five months.
The children have come mostly from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
From the NY Times:
New York State will conduct a compliance review of school districts’ enrollment procedures in an effort to eliminate barriers to schooling for undocumented immigrant children, the State Education Department and the attorney general’s office plan to announce on Thursday.
The review is intended to determine whether districts have violated federal law in imposing enrollment requirements that bar children on the basis of their immigration status, especially in suburban counties near New York City that have absorbed hundreds of unaccompanied minors from Central America this year.
The new steps come a day after The New York Times reported that some undocumented immigrant children on Long Island have been excluded from classes because their families cannot gather documents that schools require to prove they are residents of the district or have guardianship — obstacles that contravene legal guidance on enrollment procedures the State Education Department issued in September.
In summary, illegal aliens will get to jump to the front of the school line (I'm not sure if they come before or after the homeless kids), while people who actually come from the areas where their schools are located will continue to be forced to prove it. And then they'll only be offered a slot if there's space left. This seems fair, doesn't it?