State cuts off suburban schools in enrollment spat

By Colleen Mastony and Diane Rado
Tribune staff reporters
Published February 23, 2006, 9:33 PM CST
Via The Chicago Tribune

SPRINGFIELD — In a drastic and unprecedented move,
Illinois education officials on Thursday voted to cut off state funds
to the Elmwood Park school district for refusing to admit an immigrant
teen to its high school.

The action not only blocks the district from collecting $3.3 million in
state aid, but could bar its student athletes from competition.
Although district officials can appeal, it remains unclear whether
doing so would enable them to receive their next state payment of
$331,587 due next week.

Amid tense and emotional exchanges with district officials Thursday,
the Illinois State Board of Education signaled that it will move
swiftly and powerfully to protect the right of immigrant children to go
to public schools, regardless of their immigration status.

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