Tell the Senate Appropriations Committee to Vote NO on SB1407!
Urgent State Action Alert TODAY, the Senate Appropriations Committee will vote on SB 1407, an ill-conceived measure and unfunded mandate that seeks to force schools to collect data on their students’ immigration status and threaten them to lose funds if they do not do so. It is a first step in attempting to reverse the Supreme Court decision of Plyler v. Doe, which established that all children in the United States have a right to free public education regardless of immigration status. Please stand up for children, schools and families! Take action now! Use the Form Below to Take Action!
SB 1407: Schools; Data; Noncitizen students. First Sponsor, Sen. Steve Smith, R-23. This measure would require the Arizona Department of Education to collect data from school districts and provide an annual report on students enrolled in their school districts that cannot prove lawful residence on the US. The Report will also contain information on the adverse of the enrollment of students who cannot prove lawful residence in the US, an estimate of the cost to taxpayers for educating students who are not US citizens (even if legally present in the US) and a separate estimate of the costs for educating students who cannot prove lawful residence in the country. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is allowed to withhold a school district’s apportionment of state aid in cases of inadequate compliance.