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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?

Burgeoning enrollment is a 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?

Pam J December 25, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Merry Christmas everybody! If you are lying about where you live to get your child into a certain school, you really are not setting a good example for your children. Telling them that lying is okay as long as you get what you want. Let them learn that on their own when they get older.
Kenneth Geeslin December 26, 2012 at 07:42 PM
If we had school choice it wouldn't matter.
mary koronkowski December 26, 2012 at 08:06 PM
School choice only allows for schools with open slots to take choice kids. You can't just go to any school you want. Housing values are higher in good school districts for a reason. It is called lying to cheat the system when you take this approach. This is one way parents teach their kids that the rules only apply to other people.-- or that bending the rules is ok if it benefits you.
GaPatriot December 26, 2012 at 09:42 PM
What is worse - sneaking your children into a better school or sneaking into our country and soaking taxpayers. Don't even complain about parents who are in the country LEGALLY and try to send their children to a better school. If a legal address of the parents is required, then all children of ILLEGAL ALIENS should be denied access because their parents do not reside legally in our country. Far too few parents care about the education of their children, far too parents bring up children in an environment where education and success is not valued. The few parents who do care are the ones who will try all measures to ensure the success of their children and desire to have them in a school where the majority value education.

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