School Climate & Safety Opinion

AZ Charter Enrolls 29 YO Sex Offender In 7th Grade

By Alexander Russo — February 01, 2007 1 min read
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As if it isn’t bad enough that a 29 year-old sex offender signs up and attends school for a time as a 7th grader, it turns out that he’s done this before -- and this time at least chose a charter school.

“Though many parents have publicly praised the Surprise school’s handling of the deception, Mr. Rodreick’s enrollment has raised questions about admissions procedures, which officials at Imagine, one of the state’s largest charter schools, said they were reviewing,” according to this NYT article (Posing as a Family, Sex Offenders Stun a Town).

“Arizona, the nation’s fastest-growing state, is a leader in charter school enrollment, with more than 450 schools that account for 8 percent of the state’s total student body. ‘He probably thought that a charter school was easier,” said Candace Foth, another parent in Surprise. “It is not really difficult to enroll.’”

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