Resource: Public Education for Immigrant Students: Understanding Plyler v. Doe

By: American Immigration Counsil

October 24, 2016

American Immigration Counsil

In June 1982, the Supreme Court issued Plyler v. Doe, a landmark decision holding that states cannot constitutionally deny students a free public education on account of their immigration status. By a 5-4 vote, the Court found that any resources which might be saved from excluding undocumented children from public schools were far outweighed by the harms imposed on society at large from denying them an education.

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Doe v. Plyler