New policy sees jump in school transcript requests

Edgewood ISD reports 50 per increase

Published On: Sep 28 2012 04:35:07 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 28 2012 04:38:34 PM CDT

Many school districts report requests for school transcripts have jumped in the wake of President Obama’s new policy allowing young people illegally brought into the U.S. as children to file for “deferred action” on their possible deportations.

As an example, the Edgewood Independent School District has seen a 50 percent increase, according to Milsi Perez, an EISD executive analyst.

Perez said the records are needed to begin the process.

If they submit their request in person, Perez said they’ll have their transcripts in 15 minutes, while those who phone or email the district, can receive theirs in a day or two.

Jo Ann Sanchez, the district’s student records specialist, said she has handled about 143 requests to date.

Sanchez said colleges only need high school transcripts, but the U.S. government requires more information.

“All their schools, whether it was elementary, middle schools, their shot records, their attendance with the district,” Sanchez said.

Brenda Naglehout, an EISD specialist, said if needed, they must change the student’s or parents’ names on birth certificates to match their school records.

“If not, they won’t accept the transcripts,” Naglehout said.

Sanchez said their former students come almost daily to the Hoelscher Service Center in the 1600 block of W. Thompson.

“They’re ready to go. They’re ready for the doors that is going to open for them,” Perez said.

Sanchez said that is why she tries to quickly process their requests.

“I know this means a lot to them,” Sanchez said.

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