Back in Session: The ABCs of Student Enrollment in Georgia Public Schools for Non-Parents and Parents with Limited English Proficiency

Aug 2013  Kids Matter – State Bar of Georgia Child Protection & Advocacy Law Section

The Georgia Department of Education (GA DOE) revised its school rules in 2010 and 2012 updating the Board of Education (BOE) Rule 160-5-1-.28 regarding student enrollment and withdrawal issues.The new proposed rule added definition and clarity related to student enrollment and withdrawal. Previous rules appeared to be arbitrary and allowed for the denial of enrollment of students because they were living with a non-parent. The new rule also provided clarification on public school enrollment of immigrants who are not U.S. citizens but who may be lawfully living in the United States. Limited English proficient (LEP) parents and students are also protected from disparate treatment under Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 , the Equal Education Opportunities Act , and other federal laws.

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