|Urgent State Legislative Alert!
It’s another Russell Pearce effort that will drive the future of Arizona into the ground but this time targeting school children. If this bill sounds familiar, a House version is being heard in committee today too.
On Wednesday, February 24th at 1:30pm the Senate Education Accountability & Reform Committee will vote on SB1097 — a bill that threatens to cut state funding from schools unless they report on children’s immigration status.
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SB1097 Schools; Data; Noncitizen Students
Sponsor: Senator Russell Pearce (R- 18)
This bill seeks to undermine a 1982 Supreme Court decision, Plyer v. Doe that clearly stated that the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of all children, regardless of their immigration status in the U.S., to K-12 education. HB2382 threatens to revoke state funding to schools if they do not report on the immigration status of the children at their schools. While the bill falls short of actually denying children access to education, the impact of the intimidation and threat to parents would result in children not being enrolled.
To view the bill’s full text: http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1097p.htm