Published: Jul 06, 2011 8:04 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 06, 2011 7:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - When an award-winning journalist recently revealed he's an illegal immigrant, two key players in his tale turned out to be educators.

The secret of former Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas is the kind of story teachers and principals know well. Educators often find themselves wrestling with their obligation to educate each child and how much to help illegal immigrant students outside the classroom.

Law officers and lawmakers in some states want schools to help spot illegal immigrants. Federal authorities remind school officials that every child is entitled to an education. Education groups are mostly staying out of it.

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