In February, the ACLU of Alabama filed a motion to amend federal law to require children to be educated in their primary school.
The group argued that requiring children to attend primary school would “promote the social, economic, and educational development of children” and “restrict parents’ freedom to educate their children.”
In their brief, the attorneys cited the U.S. Department of Education’s Child Development Guidelines for Parents and School Leaders and the Children’s Defense Fund’s “No School for All” campaign to highlight the “growing evidence that school attendance is linked to better outcomes in child development, especially for children of color.”
The state of Alabama is one of four states in the U, which have adopted laws requiring children aged six months to be in school by age two.
The others are Arizona, Florida, and Louisiana.
In Alabama, these laws are still on the books.
“We are filing this motion to declare that the federal law that has been enacted in Alabama to require all children aged 6 months to attend a primary school, is a violation of children’s rights to be treated with dignity and respect, as guaranteed by the First Amendment,” said ACLU of Alabamian State Director Amy Stoddard.
“The state’s law is not the first of its kind and does not address the specific concerns raised by the ACLU.”
The ACLU filed their brief in the name of Alabama’s Attorney General, Luther Strange, who is running for the U and is currently a member of the Republican Party of Alabama.
In a statement, Strange said the state had never been forced to comply with the federal government’s guidelines and that the ACLU was “pleased” that it would be working to amend the federal constitution to ensure children are educated in schools that meet their needs.
“Our children are our most precious possession, and it is our responsibility to ensure that they receive the best education possible,” Strange said.
“We are hopeful that this case will be heard before the Supreme Court and that our constitutional rights are upheld.”
Alabama’s primary school districts have until September 7 to comply.
The U.K. also has a child education law, and in October, the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Education released a report stating that children who were born at home or in foster care were at higher risk of being poor and living in poverty in their later years.