School starts three weeks from today, and there will be a lot of new pupils in the state’s education system. All of those children who have entered the U.S. from Central America will be required to attend school just like other children.
Clay Robison with the Texas State Teachers Association says that's the law.
"The Supreme court ruled a long time ago that if children are in this country they are entitled to be educated, as they should be," Robison said.
The 1982 decision, Plyler vs. Doe, ruled that any child of school age must be given an education at the expense of taxpayers, regardless of their immigration status.
Linda Bridges says the surge of illegal children immigrants will in fact put a strain on the already stressed Texas education system.
"This is a state where we have 80,000 new kids every year," she said. "This will just be a part of the mix."
Most of the children will attend classes in the shelters where they are living, and most of those schools are branches of charter schools and not in the public school system.
But Gary Godsey of the Association of Texas Professional Educators says many will attend public schools, either because the shelters don't have schools set up, or they have been taken in by church groups or foster families.
"The federal government should be responsible for making sure that Texas has the fund it needs to education these children," Godsey said. "Texas shouldn't be footing the bill on that."
The teachers groups say while it will place a strain on many school systems, especially in south Texas, the children are spread out enough that it will not cause any one or two districts an unnatural burden.