In April, 2014, the ACLU-NJ identified 136 school districts that require overly restrictive forms of identification for an adult to enroll a child in school, contrary to state and federal law. The ACLU-NJ sent a letter to these districts advising them to change their policies or face litigation. The policies among the 136 districts varied widely in degree. Some districts’ policies plainly discriminated against children of undocumented parents, while other districts’ guidelines, such as those calling for photo ID without specifying that it be state-issued, prevented or discouraged undocumented parents from registering their children.
At least 46 districts had discriminatory policies in 2008, when the ACLU-NJ surveyed more than 500 districts about their enrollment policies. These districts continue to engage in discriminatory ID policies and are marked by an asterisk.
All school districts in Hunterdon county are compliant.