Some Hispanic students returning to class

Some Hispanic parents are returning their children to Alabama's public schools after initially keeping them at home over fears about the state's tough new immigration law.

The state Department of Education reports that of the more than 34,000 Hispanic students in public schools, 1,357 were absent Wednesday. That's down from a high of 2,285 on Monday.

Department spokeswoman Malissa Valdes said efforts to educate parents about the law may have helped remove fears.

There are no statewide figures yet on how many Hispanic parents have withdrawn their students.

But some schools with large Hispanic enrollments have reported withdrawals by more than 10 percent of their Hispanic students.

Enterprise Superintendent Aaron Milner says some Hispanic parents are taking the law seriously and moving out of state.

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