Further Guidance on Eligibility Factors
|Child Eligibility: Importance of Verifying Income|
Each year CPP is asked to provide information to the Department of Human Services and the Governor’s Office, regarding how many children funded in CPP are eligible for free and reduced price meals.
Per CDE memo, all programs should collect Free and Reduced Meal eligibility data for each child, even if the child is not qualifying under this factor.
The Supreme Court ruled in Plyler v. Doe that local school districts cannot deny admission to students who are not legally admitted into the United States. The court noted that such actions would impose a “lifetime of hardship on a discrete class of children not accountable for their disabling status. The stigma of illiteracy will mark them for the rest of their lives. By denying these children a basic education, we deny them the ability to live within the structure of our civic institutions, and foreclose any realistic possibility that they will contribute in even the smallest way to the progress of our Nation(457 U.S. 202) (1982).”
As a result of this Supreme court decision and state statutory provisions, the Commissioner of Education has determined that students who are residents of a Colorado school district may not be denied admission to the public schools based on their lawful or unlawful immigration status.
“Determination of legality of a student’s immigration status is not a duty of the local school district nor is it necessary in determining the residency of a child. Undocumented children have the same right to attend public schools as do U.S. citizens and permanent residents. (Letter to Superintendents of Schools, Directors of BOCES, School Principals, and Other Interested Persons, January 1999).”
|Homeless Children and CPP|
According to the McKinney-Vento Act (PDF), a homeless individual is one who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence which includes children and families who: