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School drops some questions from online form after complaint

April 3, 2019

SOUTHGATE, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit school has dropped some questions from its online application after a complaint that it asked for information including proof of citizenship and residency.

The Detroit News reports the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan sent a letter Tuesday to the headmaster of the Creative Montessori Academy in Southgate saying the questions were unconstitutional and the process can stigmatize children and deny them an education.

The school says it was using an outsourced system to collect information. Creative Montessori Superintendent Laura Moellering says it appears that all available feeds for collecting information were being used, but the school doesn’t need “nor did we intend to collect this information for any purpose.”

Moellering says the application has been changed “so that no one will be prevented from enrolling online.”

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/