School & District Management

San Francisco Targets ‘Cheating’ Parents

By Dakarai I. Aarons — November 01, 2010 1 min read
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If your children are illegally attending San Francisco schools instead of schools in your assigned district, the school district has a message for you: Get out now or pay the consequences.

School officials in San Fran have been on a campaign the last seven months to rid the district of people gaming the system to get their kids in preferred schools, denying city residents the chance to use the schools that they pay for through taxes, reports the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper.

“We are knocking on doors if need be,” said Archie Fokin, director of the district’s Educational Placement Center, told the Chronicle. “And we don’t call and tell them we’re coming.”

The district is sending out letters today offering amnesty until Nov. 20, but for those who don’t heed the warning, the price can be costly: Not only do the students have to leave immediately, but the Chronicle reports that the parents are responsible for the costs of the district’s investigation, which can be up to $4,500. Those families that turn themselves in will be allowed to finish the semester.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the District Dossier blog.