In every district I’ve covered, parents are frustrated that school officials don’t do more to make sure that all students on each campus are zoned to attend that school.
In Fulton County, parents who are new to the district or have recently moved must prove residency by showing copies of a mortgage, lease, utility bill or other document.
Families already living in the district must sign an affidavit regarding their kids’ legal address. That rule was implemented several years ago to check that students are in the correct schools, according to the district.
One parent, Avis Hornsby, is suing the district over the policy. Hornsby, an attorney, says being forced to sign the affidavit is unconstitutional and violates her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.
This is the second high-profile case in recent months over school attendance. A Clayton County mother was found guilt of making false statements in a sworn affidavit to illegally enroll a child in Henry schools. She received five years probation and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. She also has to repay tuition to Henry County schools.
Do you think Fulton’s policy asks too much? What other steps should districts take to make sure students are legally enrolled in the schools they’re supposed to attend?
On an unrelated note, what do you guys think of the new format? Let me know if you have any problems or if you have suggestions on how to make it even better.