Is It OK To Fudge About Residency So Kids Can Go To A Certain School?

A lot of metro Atlanta schools are overcrowded, and Patch wants to know if you think some families aren't entirely truthful when it comes to filling out residence records.

Every parent wants the best education for their kids. But are some parents willing to tweak their legal residency so their children go to a certain school?

The Atlanta Public School System is investigating a series of possibly fradulent enrollments at Grady High School. After auditing enrollment records throughout the district, school system officials determined that Grady’s enrollment is higher than anticipated. And the system said it wants to “ensure that students currently attending Grady are there appropriately.”

Burgeoning enrollment is also a major issue in Decatur, where that system's enrollment is 10 percent more this year than last year.

And in 2011, an especially big jump in enrollment led to outrage among parents of Oakhurst Elementary-zoned kindergarteners, who were told their children would have to attend another school because of overcrowding. This incident came right as the APS cheating investigation was ending.

And just after the APS went through a hugely divisive redistricting and school closure debate, comes news that Inman Middle School is badly overcrowded. All options are on the table when it comes to addressing the problem, including moving sixth or eighth graders to vacant buildings in the Old Fourth Ward, or building a new middle school entirely.

Patch wants to know: is it wrong for parents to falsify their residency so their kids can attend a different school from the one in which they are zoned? Does it bother you that some overcrowding could be the result of families not being truthful about their legal residence?

Related Topics:

APS To Investigate Possible Fradulent Enrollment At Grady.


Edwards On School Overcrowding.


Tom October 07, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Just ask Steven Alford the so so colorblind leader he and Errol Davis are. I hope to god the GA Charter schools takeover I am sick of sending 60 percent of mt taxes down the drain with leaders like Alford....and Davis what losers.
another comment October 08, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I lost $300 K to sell my house and get in a better school district. I then had to buy the worst house in the district. The contradiction of the free lunch numbers and the area don't make sence. One week my 12 year old comes home and says mom, why are so many kids getting free lunch. I answer they are lying, because they can't live in this zoned area and only make the $22K cut off. Then this week she said you know alot of kids don't even live in the district, I said yes I know. This morning, I followed one in an all decked out aqua blue Thunderbird ( are they re-issuing those or was it restored) convertable) with Dekalb County plates. Black women all decked out. Gee how could I have guessed.
Tom Doolittle October 08, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Aside from this thread: Free lunch numbers are high because the school system wants high free lunch numbers. Free Title 1 funding is HUGE. BTW--DeKalb has the "residency fraud" issue also. (1) DeKalb's better school zones actually take in Gwinnett students coming from areas with lower housing values. Why? Because they can't get away with residency fraud in Gwinnett. (2) DeKalb was a willing recipient for the "Clayton Diaspora" while other counties had Sheriff Deputies checking out residency. (3) DeKalb filled empty desks and supported motel businesses with welcome arms for Katrina victims. Fair or unfair--complicated--but our better schools' new classrooms are already over capacity.
Patricia October 18, 2012 at 04:27 AM
No one in this world today gets treated equally and this is so sad but it is true,the one that I know that treats everyone equally is God himself
Patricia October 18, 2012 at 04:32 AM
God treats all of his people equally because he has no favorites


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