• All Children Are Guaranteed Access to Education:

    A Message from Superintendent Maria C. Rice


    Education Law §§ 3202(1), 3205 states that all children, as long as they meet the legally established age and residency requirements, are entitled to attend public schools. In 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that school districts may not deny students a free public education on the basis of their undocumented or non-citizen status, or that of their parents or guardians.

    The New Paltz Board of Education and I firmly believe it is our duty to uphold these laws. We are committed to ensuring that the New Paltz Central School District remains a safe haven, where all of its students have access to the education they are legally entitled to receive.

    This commitment to the children in our community is echoed by New York State (NYS) Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and NYS Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. The pair recently issued a joint letter reaffirming the State’s stance on protecting the educational rights of all students, as well as offering guidance on how educators should handle any possible inquiries by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel into the legal status of immigrant students attending our schools.

    To reinforce our unwavering pledge to protect the educational rights of all NPCSD students, on March 22 the Board of Education adopted a resolution intended to ensure that materials are available to students and parents that inform them of their legal right to a K-12 education.

    For anyone wishing to learn more about this topic, several resources are available, including the following:

    Toolkit for "Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff"

    United States Department of Education Fact Sheet (English)

    United States Department of Education Fact Sheet (Spanish) 

    Joint Letter from NYS Attorney General and NYSED Commissioner

Last Modified on March 24, 2017