Two area school districts sign agreements over immigrant student educational opportunities


NEW YORK – The Sullivan West and Port Jervis school districts are among 20 statewide that just signed agreements with the state attorney general’s office to ensure educational access for students regardless of their immigration status or that of their parents or guardians.
The two districts agreed to remove inquiries into citizenship/immigration status from their enrollment materials, as well as to develop new enrollment procedures and provide training to responsible personnel to ensure that students do not face those barriers when seeking to enroll.
“Attorney General [Eric] Schneiderman is focused on ensuring every district across the state is compliant with the law,” said spokesman Nick Benson. “The school districts that were listed entered into agreements following complaints and other problems identified by our office. We expect every school district t comply with state law and to not erect barriers to entry for students based on their immigration status.”
The other districts that signed the agreements were Amherst, Carthage, Cheektowaga, Cuba Rushford, Dryden, Gates Chili, Greenville, Hilton, Homer, Lyme, Manschester-Shortville, Penfield, Pittsford, Spencerport, Vestal, Williamson, Oneida, and Watertown.