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May
19
2016
Settlement Ensures Refugee Children Can Go to High School in Utica

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York today announced a settlement agreement that protects immigrant students’ right to equal educational opportunities in Utica and provides a model for how New York school districts can ensure that English language learners are not segregated into inferior alternative programs without their full knowledge and consent.

May
17
2016
Immigrant Student Enrolling Today in Mamaroneck High School following Commissioner’s Order

The New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia issued an interim order yesterday requiring the Mamaroneck Union Free School District to enroll a 16-year-old immigrant student in its high school. The student, C.M., had only completed a middle school education in Guatemala and did not have a high school diploma, yet was barred from Mamaroneck High School and forced to travel to New Rochelle to attend his old high school. As a result of yesterday’s order, C.M. is enrolling in Mamaroneck High School this morning.

May
4
2016
NYCLU Takes Action on Behalf of Immigrant Student Illegally Barred from School

The New York Civil Liberties Union today filed an appeal on behalf of a 16-year-old student, asking the New York State Commissioner of Education to reverse Mamaroneck Union Free School District’s decision to bar the child from attending high school in the district. The decision violates the student’s right to an education under the New York State Constitution and could prevent him from obtaining the education to which he’s entitled.

Apr
23
2015
NYCLU, LSCNY Sue Utica School District for Illegally Denying Refugee Youth an Education

Public schools in Utica are unlawfully excluding refugee youth and segregating them to inferior alternative programs that offer no opportunity to earn a high school diploma, according to a federal class action lawsuit filed today by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six refugee students and a class of similar immigrant students who have been excluded from public high school despite the fact that New York law guarantees a free, public education to youth younger than 21 who have not earned a diploma.

Feb
17
2015
State Education Department Must Take Steps to Ensure Immigrant Children Can Attend School

In response to reports that the Hempstead Union Free School District and other Long Island school districts continue to block immigrant children from their right to an education, a coalition of advocacy organizations, faith-based groups, and providers of legal and social services working in Nassau and Suffolk counties has sent a letter to the New York State Education Department urging reforms. The New York Civil Liberties Union helped draft the letter.

Dec
17
2014
Board of Regents, AG Take Important Step to Help Ensure Immigrant Kids Can Go to School

The Board of Regents and State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday issued an emergency regulation to help ensure that immigrant children can attend school in New York State. The regulation comes after the New York Civil Liberties Union in October released a review that showed that many school districts across the state may be unlawfully barring the enrollment of immigrant students.

Oct
30
2014
NYCLU Survey: NY School Districts Illegally Denying Education to Immigrant Children

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released findings from a review of approximately 20 percent of New York State school districts revealing that the majority of those districts may be unlawfully barring the enrollment of immigrant students.

Oct
15
2014
NYCLU: Immigration Bills Make New York City a National Leader

The New York Civil Liberties Union will today testify before the City Council that passage of two bills will help New York City take the lead in a nationwide movement in which communities are putting the safety and trust of their residents and respect for the Constitution before federal requests to detain immigrants. If passed, the legislation would end the practice of unconstitutionally imprisoning people without a judicial warrant so federal agencies can investigate them for immigration purposes.

Oct
7
2014
NYCLU: City Can Reduce Risks that NYC IDs Pose for Undocumented New Yorkers

At a public hearing tomorrow about New York City's new municipal identity card program (NYC ID), the New York Civil Liberties Union plans to provide recommendations on steps the city can take to better protect the security and privacy of vulnerable New Yorkers who apply for the new ID card.

Oct
2
2014
NYCLU Applauds City Council Bill Stopping NYC from Unlawfully Jailing Immigrants

The New York Civil Liberties Union this morning applauded New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s announcement that she would introduce legislation that would end the imprisonment of people without a judicial warrant at Rikers Island just so federal agencies can investigate them for immigration purposes. The legislation also expels Immigration and Customs Enforcement from its office in the jail, and ensures that the Department of Corrections cannot expend resources on enforcing immigration laws.

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