School Chief: Social Security cards not needed

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — With schools preparing to begin classes next month, Alabama's
school superintendent is reminding city and county school officials
that students don't need a Social Security number to enroll, and their
parents don't need an Alabama driver's license or state-issued ID to enroll them.

Superintendent Tommy Bice sent a memo Monday saying that providing a
child's Social Security number is voluntary. He says not providing a
Social Security number won't bar a child from being enrolled. Bice also
said that parents can establish their residency with a utility bill or
residential lease, rather than a driver's license.

Bice sent the memo after one of the organizations that challenged Alabama's
immigration law, the Southern Poverty Law Center, complained in April
that some schools were still requesting Social Security numbers.

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