As the new school year gets going, Americans will be reaching deeper into their pockets to pay for educating not only their own children attending public schools, but also tens of thousands of illegal immigrant kids — the unaccompanied minors who flooded across the southern border during the summer.
The estimated price tag for sending these illegals to our public schools — $761 million — just for the 2014 school year. Then, there’s the issue of finding enough bilingual teachers….
As Fox News reports, this new financial burden on taxpayers and school systems around the country comes on the heels of cutbacks that many locales are wrestling with because of the effects of the recession.
Education funding is always a battle, and the recession took a toll on available dollars. Thirty-five states are still spending less per pupil than they did in 2008, and school infrastructure is suffering. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average age of K-12 public school buildings is 44 years old.
More than half are in need of repair, with the total cost of bringing them up to good condition pegged at $4.5 billion.
Earlier this year, as the tremendous impact of the flood of children crossing the border became obvious, National Review Online reported on a letter sent to all public-school districts by the Departments of Justice and Education, in which federal officials reminded the schools of their obligation to provide equal educational opportunities under the law…no matter the residency status of the child.
“To comply with these Federal civil rights laws [Titles IV and VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964], as well as the mandates of the Supreme Court, you must ensure that you do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin, and that students are not barred from enrolling in public schools at the elementary and secondary level on the basis of their own citizenship or immigration status or that of their parents or guardians,” the letter says in part.
“While a district may restrict attendance to district residents, inquiring into students’ citizenship or immigration status, or that of their parents or guardians would not be relevant to establishing residency within the district.”
You can watch the Fox News report on the estimated $761-million hit to districts’ public education budgets in the video above.
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