Immigrant parents, students hold rally over class time

A rally was held in Hempstead for the dozens of immigrant students who were shut out of class due to overcrowding. Family members and community activists gathered outside the high school to ask how

News 12 Staff

Nov 13, 2014, 3:43 AM

Updated 3,484 days ago

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Immigrant parents, students hold rally over class time
A rally was held in Hempstead for the dozens of immigrant students who were shut out of class due to overcrowding.
Family members and community activists gathered outside the high school to ask how the district plans on making up the hours of education instruction that they lost.
"If those children don't make those hours up, there's no way they'll ever be able to graduate," said Maria Serrano.
Last month, state Education Commissioner John King called on the district to file a full report on its registration process. King's findings on that report have not been made public.
"What happened to the commissioner's investigation? What did he find?" asked Jason Starr, of New York Civil Liberties Union. "Who's going to be held accountable? And how are these students going to be compensated for the more than one month of instruction that they were robbed?"
As News 12 has reported, a transition school for the immigrant students opened its doors in late October. It was created after state officials say the district saw an increase of more than 1,000 students in less than two weeks. Most of the students were unaccompanied immigrants who fled Central and South American countries.
Hempstead School District said a meeting over the controversy is being planned, but a spokesperson did not say when it would be held. Calls to the state education commissioner's office were not returned.


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