Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Indiana Denying Preschool to Undocumented Children

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Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Indiana Denying Preschool to Undocumented Children

August 14, 2015

“Indiana is rightfully proud of its steps to expand preschool programs and elevate quality, but it’s shortsighted and wrong to deny children educational opportunity from the starting line because of their immigration status – especially children who are clearly here through no fault of their own. There is no better bang for our buck educationally than preschool, and we need more children in America getting an early start – not fewer. Nothing in federal law requires state or local preschool programs to exclude any child from participation on the basis of their immigration status, and doing so just doesn't make sense.”