Immigrant children and English Learners often face barriers in gaining entry to public schools and participating in school activities. This session will discuss what public schools can and cannot require of immigrant children and ELs. Topics to be discussed include Social Security numbers, immigration documents, birth certificates, immunization records, age requirements, the use of school district websites, and access to school lunch and breakfast programs. The session will also cover the rights of English Learners and their parents in the public schools. Additional topics will include Special Education and English Learners; Access to Post-Secondary Education for immigrant students; and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Mr. Rosenthal, an attorney, is widely recognized as one of the foremost legal experts in the country regarding the rights of immigrant children and English Learners in the public schools. He is also considered the foremost legal expert regarding the Title I, Part C Migrant Education Program, outside of government, in the United States. He served a two year term as co-chair of the national Hispanic Education Coalition. He has dedicated his career to access to education and ensuring an opportunity to learn for all students.