CCSA Answers: Presidential Executive Order and Charter Schools
September 7, 2012
Question: Our charter school has been receiving a large number of record requests from former and current students in relation to President Obama's June 15, 2012 executive order regarding the execution of prosecutorial discretion with respect to individuals who came to the United States as children. What records must charter schools provide to help current and former students meet the executive order requirements?
Answer: The recent executive order by President Obama allows young people brought to the US illegally by their parents to avoid deportation by meeting certain criteria. These criteria include showing proof of a high school diploma or GED and proof that an individual has continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding June 15, 2012. In order to help former students meet the executive order criteria, charter schools should maintain attendance records of current and former students. This is something that schools should be doing anyway for ADA purposes. An electronic copy of all student records should be kept permanently on file so that it can be made available upon request at any point in the future.
You may also find this resource, "Request for Student Records" helpful.