Per the OD today the State Attorney General has claimed that students were denied entry to Proctor High School in violation of federal law. It is interesting that the AG is bringing a suit against an entity that is both a creature of State law and under the control of the State Education Department.
The question not asked is whether Utica City School District is in compliance with all of the rules and regulations of the State Education Department?
If not, then the students are not getting the education to which they are entitled by law and an administrative proceeding should be brought before the SED to correct the problem.
If UCSD has complied with all of SED's rules, then it must be presumed that the students are receiving the education to which they are entitled.
If some federal standard indicates that the students are not receiving the education to which they are entitled, then the non-compliance with federal law is one that is permitted by SED's own rules. Since the AG and SED are both part of the State's executive branch, they are obliged to change the rules to ensure that all the state's school districts comply with federal law.
Neither the AG nor the federal court have any expertise in education – which risks that any decision coming out of the federal court in this case may be educationally harmful to the students involved.
The fact that the AG is willing to risk the educational well-being of these students by forgoing the State's own experts and proceeding directly to federal court strongly suggests that the law suit is motivated by politics rather than any interest in these immigrant students' education.