School enrollment laws tighten
The North Carolina General Assembly passed what it called the Safe Students Act. This legislation changed General Statue 115C-364 through the passage of House Bill 744. This bill tightened the requirements for enrollment in public schools. At first glance, the changes don’t seem to relate to student safety. However, the legislative changes will make it more difficult for “missing” children to be enrolled without the “real” parents knowing. Believe it or not, people do this.
The revised law states, the principal "shall" require the parent of any child presented for admission to furnish a certified copy of the child's birth certificate. The old law said “may” require. This is one of those situations in which one or two words make a big difference.
One key word in the legislation is “furnish” ...