Thousands of children who live in Mexico cross the border each day to attend U.S. schools, reports the Houston Chronicle. Their parents think U.S. schools are superior.
In El Paso, the Mexico-to-United-States trek to school is so commonplace that border officials opened a special lane just for students at one of the crossings this month. More than 1,200 passed through that lane from Mexico on a recent morning.
. . . there has been some grumbling about spending U.S. tax dollars to educate students living in Mexico, especially this spring as the city’s biggest school district prepares for a bond election. The El Paso Independent School District, which expects to take in 10,000 new students in the next five to eight years, will ask voters next month for permission to borrow $230 million for new schools.
Some border-crossing students are U.S.-born citizens, but schools can’t exclude students who are in the U.S. illegally, the Supreme Court ruled in 1982. Students must produce proof of residency in the district, such as a utility bill or a lease. Often they have a family member on the U.S. side with whom they claim to live.
Some Texas border districts are trying to crack down on out-of-district students, reports the Chronicle. On the other hand, across the state line from El Paso in Columbus, New Mexico, “school officials for years have sent buses to the border checkpoint to pick up students.” That makes no sense to me.
A friend of mine grew up in a Mexican border town in the ’40s and ’50s. He walked across the border every day to go to school on the U.S. side. But his family paid out-of-district tuition.