NYCLU calls New Rochelle SD re-registration plan discriminatory

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The New Rochelle school district is mandating re-registration for parents with children entering ninth grade, but the New York Civil Liberties Union is calling the re-registration discriminatory.

Re-registration project manager Dr. Charles Coletti says New Rochelle joins over 700 school districts throughout New York that require families to re-register.

The New York Civil Liberties Union criticizes the process, saying it discriminates against students who are homeless, immigrants, minorities or from low-income families.

The group is asking the school district to reconsider.

“We really believe everyone should feel welcome to come to their school district and so we're afraid the re-registration will have a chilling effect on some students,” says Shannon Wong, director of the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The NYCLU says registration is also a way to beef up the district's security, following January's fatal stabbing involving two New Rochelle students. The alleged perpetrator lived outside the district in Yonkers. Dr. Coletti won't comment on that student's specific case, but says in some cases, it is legal for a person to attend school there from an outside district as long as they pay the proper tuition fees.

Coletti adds the district re-registration plan has nothing to do with school security.

“It's not driven by security, it's driven by the sense that all resources in the district should be provided to the children who live in the district,” says Coletti.

To register, families must bring five documents to the high school, including photo identification and proof of address.

Parents have until Aug. 23 to register their children.

The NYCLU says it's taking further action to gain more insight into the impact of re-registration.

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