« Feds Soften 15-State Requirement for New ELL Tests | Main | Audit of Tucson District's Ethnic Studies Is Delayed »

Tenn. Bill Proposes Asking for Pupils' Social Security Numbers

A graduate student in public policy at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee argues in a commentary that it's not a good idea, or constitutional, for a school to require parents to provide their children's Social Security number when enrolling them in school (hat tip to Larry Ferlazzo for picking up on this news).

She says that the bill proposed by state Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, a Republican, would require that all students enrolling in school for the first time would have to present a Social Security number, passport, or visa to the school system. Weaver's aim in introducing the bill, apparently, is to keep track of the number of undocumented students in the state and to analyze their financial impact on taxpayers.

But as Colleen Cummings notes in her opinion piece, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in the landmark case, Plyler v. Doe, that children have a right to a free K-12 education in this country regardless of their immigration status.

Civil rights lawyers have translated this ruling to mean that educators can't ask students about their immigration status. Because of the precedent set by the Supreme Court case, I doubt this bill will get very far.

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog

Advertisement

Most Viewed on Education Week

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments