Texas schools prepare for influx of immigrant children
POSTED: Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 11:32am
UPDATED: Monday, September 1, 2014 - 5:15pm
(KXAN) — School districts across Texas are preparing for classes to start once again. Unlike most years, however, because of the recent influx of immigrant children, some are anticipating a higher number of immigrant children enrolling.
Each year schools across Texas anticipate a certain number of new students. After the recent flood of migrant children into Texas, some schools are wondering how many to expect.
"If a student shows up with a guardian that can enroll them in a school district, that child is entitled to right to education," said Gene Acuna with the Texas Education Agency.
The Department of Education is trying to guide districts with this fact sheet, answering questions and providing resources.
Hays CISD has a newcomer arrival classroom, specifically for children from other countries.
"They're children. we didn't become educators because we wanted to turn away children, we want to help all children," said Leticia Maynard with Simon Middle School.
While schools can't legally turn away students, some aren't happy about the burden on taxpayers.
"Failure to enforce our federal laws has resulted in situation that will put additional load on local homeowners to pay for these children's education," a Travis County taxpayers expressed.
Communities will have a better idea of how this is impacting their schools come the first day of class.