A 16-year-old Guatemalan immigrant denied admission to Mamaroneck High School earlier this year, will enroll without paying tuition, after a State ruling.
The State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia said the child, identified as C.M., has the right to enroll at Mamaroneck High School.
An interim ruling in May allowed him to enroll while he awaited the final decision.
The district had denied C.M. tuition-free access to the high school, saying that his middle school education in Guatemala was the highest level of compulsory education offered in that country, and therefore was not eligible to attend the high school for free.
The commissioner cited state education law which says that “[a] person over 5 and under 21 years of age who has not received a high school diploma is entitled to attend the public schools maintained in the district in which such person resides without the payment of tuition.”