When State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson sent a letter to school districts urging them to declare their schools “safe havens,” you might assume he focused on things like providing more security officers and cameras, along with ensuring violent troublemakers are expelled.
But Torlakson recommends actions that actually could make California’s schools less safe by not cooperating with law enforcement requests for information on students who are in the country illegally.
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“Schools must verify a student’s age and residency, but they have extensive flexibility in what documents are used and do not need to use pertaining to immigration status,” Torlakson said. “No records can be released to law enforcement without a parent’s written permission, a court order or subpoena. Schools should not collect or maintain any documents pertaining to immigration status.”
But sometimes students who are in the country illegally do illegal things. You may have heard about a
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