ROOSEVELT, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials have ordered a statewide review of public school compliance with enrollment policies for unaccompanied minors and immigrant children, following reports that several dozen children who had recently arrived from Central America were not admitted to a Long Island high school.
The action follows reports that the Hempstead School District had turned away about three dozen immigrant students for several weeks, citing overcrowding. Advocates say the students began attending classes this week after the opening of an auxiliary school in rented office space.
The Education Department also is conducting a separate investigation of the allegations. School officials have not returned requests seeking comment.
About 2,500 unaccompanied immigrant children were placed with relatives on Long Island following a wave of border crossings by youngsters, seeking asylum in the U.S.