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ERIC Number: ED504899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 39
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Public School Residency Requirements: A Guide for Advocates
Education Law Center
Parents, guardians, caregivers and school administrators will sometimes disagree over whether a student resides in a school district and can be enrolled in a district public school. The information in this manual is designed to help parents, guardians and caregivers understand the legal concepts involved in residency disputes, and to inform them of their legal rights. Effective December 17, 2001, for the first time, the New Jersey Department of Education adopted regulations governing the residency requirements for admitting students to public schools. Those regulations provide extensive procedural protections to ensure that students are not denied an education during residency disputes. Sections in this guide include: (1) When Is a Student a "Resident" for the Purposes of Enrollment in a District's Public Schools? (Domiciled in the School District; Family or Economic Hardship; Temporary Hardship; Students under the Guardianship of DYFS [New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services] or Placed by a State Agency; Residence within Two or More School Districts; Students of Parents Called to Active Military Service); and (2) What Rights Protect a Student in a Residency Dispute? (Rights of Students Applying for Admission to the District; Rights of Students Currently Attending School in the District; How to File an Appeal). An appendix provides: "Attendance at School Based on Domicile or Residency in the School District: Sample Forms, Notices and Informational Documents" created by the New Jersey Department of Education. (Contains 131 endnotes.) [This guide was revised and updated by Elizabeth Athos and Anna Maria Tejada and sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Intermediate Grades; Junior High Schools; Kindergarten; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Law Center
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey