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ERIC Number: EJ771018
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Unlocking the School Door: Immigration Status and the Right to Learn
Koehl, Albert
Education Canada, v47 n3 p58-61 Sum 2007
International law--specifically the United Nations "Convention on the Rights of the Child"--makes it clear that all children have a right to attend school. Ontario's "Education Act," like that of other provinces, requires children between age six and sixteen to be in school, with penalties for parents who don't play their part. And for the last decade, Ontario's education act has prohibited school boards from denying the right of access to children whose parents have no immigration status. However, despite this law, some school officials still take it on themselves to decide who gets in, and who does not. In this article, the author discusses the reasons why children whose parents have no lawful immigration status and are "temporary residents" are kept out of Canadian schools. The author also argues that these children should not kept out of school for the immigration faults of their parents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada