We are seeing increasing diversity in the Title I student population, including children from around the world and those who are not fluent in English. Immigrant children and English Learners (ELs) often face barriers in gaining entry to public schools and participation in school programs and activities. This presentation will review what public schools can and cannot require of immigrant children and ELs and their parents. Topics to be discussed include Social Security numbers, immigration records, birth certificates, and minimum and maximum ages for attendance. Eligibility for the free or reduced school lunch and breakfast programs will also be covered. Schools’ responsibilities regarding English Learners (and their parents) will also be reviewed, with practical examples provided. The presenter is a very experienced attorney recognized as one of the foremost experts in the nation on these issues. He is known for explaining complex legal issues in understandable and usable ways.
Attorney Rosenthal is recognized as one of the foremost experts in the country regarding the rights of immigrant children and English Learners in the public schools. He has presented at international, national, regional, state and local conferences. He is well known for his ability to present complex legal issues in an understandable and easily usable way.