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March 25, 2009

State: Frederick schools can't report number of illegal immigrant kids

The Baltimore Sun's Liz Bowie reports this morning that the state school board released a legal opinion yesterday forbidding the Frederick School District from releasing a count of the number of children of illegal immigrants attending school there. At least one county commissioner, John L. Thompson, wanted such a tally and wanted to make funding for the schools next year contingent on their providing it. Federal courts have ruled that illegal immigrants' kids (some of whom are citizens because they were born here) cannot be denied public education.

"One effect of collecting information on immigration status would be to make some immigrant parents so fearful that they will not enroll their children," the opinion said.

What do you think? Should the schools be able to provide the information? (Not names of course, just statistics.) Or is it none of the county commission's business?

In addition to leaving comments below, please participate in a poll on the subject, a first for the Maryland Politics blog. If it works, we'll do this more.

Posted by Andy Green at 10:13 AM | | Comments (4)


It's everyone's business. it's ILLEGAL

We all have the right to know how much of our tax dollars are going to support illegal aliens whose children take seats in our schools.

We SHOULD have the same laws about illegals in our schools as Mexico does.
Mexico does not allow ILLEGAL ALIENS to attend school.

You can't count ILLEGALS in the schools but you CAN and they DO go after students who live in the city and attend county schools?

In other words, we treat LEGAL residents in this state AS criminals while at the same time disregard REAL criminals who have broken in our basement door and are demanding we feed them. Only in Amerika.

Who cares how many are in the schools.
It is better to have the illegals in school being educated and learning English than running the streets and causing trouble.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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