A House panel has approved a bill that would require schools to annually report how many illegal immigrants are enrolled and how much it costs to educate them.
Under the bill, H2382, the Arizona Department of Education would be required to collect data on public school students who cannot prove their lawful presence in the United States. That data would be compiled into a report that would be submitted every year to the governor, the Legislature and the state treasurer.
Included in the report would be the number of illegal immigrant students, the number of teachers required to educate them, the cost of those teachers’ salaries and a “good-faith estimate” of the total cost to educate those students.
The bill, sponsored by Phoenix Republican Rep. Carl Seel, was approved by the House Government Committee by a 6-2 vote on Feb. 23.