Ajo students must prove Arizona residency
For years, students living in Mexico crossed the border at Lukeville, boarded a bus and attended the tiny Ajo Unified School District.
But that will change Monday, when classes begin there in southwestern Arizona.
Following a crackdown by Arizona schools chief Tom Horne, students won’t be allowed to board the bus unless their parents or guardians prove the children live in the district’s boundaries and not in Mexico.
The school district has asked Pima County Schools, which provides the transportation, to confirm the residency of those living in “unorganized territories” and to give those students certificates. Ricardo Hernandez, chief financial officer for Pima County Schools, said a certificate is required to board the bus and that 48 have been issued.
Certificates were not required last year, when 86 students were on the roughly 38-mile trip from Lukeville to Ajo.
These are US citizens being denied education because they live at home with their parents in Mexico. Let ‘em on the bus!