Ala.: OK, Kids Don't Need to Show Birth Certificate

State education dept. relaxes rule after thousands don't show
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2011 12:39 PM CDT

(Newser) – Alabama issued a statement yesterday imploring parents to send their children to school even if they don’t have a birth certificate, after thousands of Hispanic students failed to show up for classes this week. Alabama’s strict new immigration law requires all enrolling students to present a birth certificate, but state education superintendent Larry Craven stressed that students will be enrolled even if they can’t produce one, Politico reports.

story continues below

Craven said he wanted to “alleviate any confusion” about the new law, in a statement issued online in both English and Spanish. He said that the documents would “not be used to individually identify your child,” but merely for statistical purposes—and that those enrolled before Sept. 29 needn’t worry about them at all. Federal law prohibits keeping kids out of school based on immigration status. (Read more Alabama illegal immigration stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.