Let Us Learn: Schools for Every Child is an initiative of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to protect the constitutional right of all children, regardless of their immigration status, to attend public school in the United States. Confirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in Plyler v. Doe, immigrant and refugee children have a right to a K-12 education, and school districts cannot deny this basic right based on a student’s or their parent’s immigration status.
Let Us Learn seeks to protect this right through outreach to three important groups – state Attorneys General, school districts, and parents and students. Specifically, we have:
- Sent letters to the Attorneys General of all 50 states and the District of Columbia urging them to enforce their responsibilities under the law and provide clear, written guidance to the educators of their states on their constitutional obligations.
- Identified thirty school districts around the country whose policies appear to be out of compliance with the law and demanded that they reform their policies and/or clarify their online enrollment information in order to protect the right of all children to access an education.
- Developed and compiled resources on school enrollment to ensure that parents, students, and teachers know their rights under the law.
- Created online form for parents and educators to ask questions about school enrollment and anonymously report school districts whose policies appear out of compliance with the law.
We welcome you to explore the resources we have created as well as those we link to from others organizations. You can contact us at LetUsLearn@lawyerscommittee.org.
Use our online intake form if:
- You are worried that your school may report you or your child to ICE;
- Your child been discouraged or denied enrollment in school because of their immigration status; or
- You want to ask a question about school enrollment policies.