HISD Opens Doors to Refugee Kids
by: Jim Bell, August 31, 2005 12:08:00 am
It's true. Spokeswoman Adriana Villareal says HISD is opening all its 300 plus schools to Louisiana children whose only Houston address is an emergency shelter or a hotel room.
Villareal says it's all perfectly legal, because state law allows school districts to enroll children without permanent addresses in emergency situations.
Villareal says they have no way of knowing how many families will take advantage of this, but they're anticipating hundreds and possibly thousands of children will enroll, because they're also preparing for the children in the thousands of families who're coming to Houston from New Orleans in a bus convoy today and in the coming days.