Frederick County (Md.) Schools Refuse to Count Illegal Students

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

The debate around counting the number of illegal immigrants enrolled in Frederick County schools has flared up — again.

Now that Frederick County has a new school board, commissioners have asked school officials to help them figure out how many public school students are in the U.S. illegally.

But school board members would not play along.

Brad Young, school board president, told commissioners Tuesday the school system already has done everything it legally can to accommodate commissioners’ questions about students’ immigration status.

“At the present time we don’t think we can go any further,” he told commissioners.

In January, school officials determined 94.3 percent of the county’s 42,826 students have an American birth certificate. Of the remaining students, 1.6 percent didn’t answer the question and 4.1 percent were not born in the U.S.

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