Officials say a new immigration law won't prevent any child from enrolling in a public school in Alabama and shouldn't be a burden for local officials.
Tommy Bice of the Alabama Department of Education says state officials are sending information to local schools about how to deal with enrolling students in the wake of the new law. It requires public schools to determine students' immigration status.
Children who enroll after Sept. 1 and don't have a birth certificate can still attend school. A process has been established for their parents to secure other documentation proving their children's immigration status.
Opponents of the law are suing to block the measure from taking effect Sept. 1 and ultimately want it struck down. Gov. Robert Bentley signed the law in June.