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ERIC Number: ED469296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-15
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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The Sonoma Case of Cristofer Barajas.
Billeci, Cameron; Johnson, Rudy
A rural Sonoma County (California) school district refused to allow Cristofer Barajas, a migrant child, to enter kindergarten because he would be enrolling too late in the school year and would disrupt the instruction of the other children. The case was taken to court and six issues were considered. The court determined that the school district did not find "good cause" to deny Cristofer admission and that a school district cannot interpret the California code to deny kindergarten admission to any child at its sole discretion. It also ruled that a school district cannot adopt a policy of automatic rejection. Whether kindergarten children have a right to education under the California code was determined to be beyond the jurisdiction of the court. Although the implications of the policy were racial in nature, it was not determined that there was a racial element to the school district's policy. Finally, the court found that admitting Cristofer late would not have disrupted the kindergarten class. School administrators need to be tolerant of different groups and cultures, inform them of their rights, and practice inclusionary policies. Migrant parents have more power than they realize when they are dealing with the public school system. An appendix presents the court order. The case prompted changes in the California code. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California