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ACLU Again Threatening Pennsylvania District Over Refugees

U.S. Department of Education
The ACLU is representing four students who say they weren't enrolled at Harrisburg Area School District because of their status as refugees.

The American Civil Liberties Union is again threatening to sue a Pennsylvania school district for allegedly failing to enroll refugees as students.

The ACLU in February sent a warning letter to the Harrisburg Area School District on behalf of four students. The district enrolled the students in March.

But district officials have since said they can't "simply enroll any child for whom enrollment is sought" though they have changed its policy this week. The new rules say the district will consider "extraordinary or other circumstances" that arise inside or outside the United States that could affect a student who wants to enroll.

The ACLU and a companion group, the Community Justice Project, say that's not good enough and that the district should simply guarantee that refugees will be admitted to its schools.

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