School Enrollment: A Fundamental Right
The Nebraska State Constitution promises a free education to all persons between the age of five and twenty one years. Unfortunately, accessing a public education can be difficult for a new immigrant or refugee as well as for children experiencing homelessness or living in the foster care system. As documented in this report, school enrollment policies vary widely from district to district. Some districts’ current practices can create barriers that could discourage or prevent a student from accessing their education. In order to ensure all children receive the education they deserve, we’ve outlined the concerning trends in some districts and given a roadmap for providing better education to all students.