An outraged friend just sent me this e-mail: “Have you seen this? Sending parents to JAIL? This is freedom?”
What she is talking about is the Houston County’s DA’s aggressive effort to sniff out families illegally sending their kids to Houston County schools or to a school they are not assigned to within the county — meaning the higher performing school across town rather than the lower-performing one across the street.
My response is that it’s illegal now in Georgia to fraudulently enroll your child to a school if you don’t live in the district.
And there doesn’t seem to be any appetite in Georgia to eliminate property taxes as the main source of school funding so it will remain illegal. Nor do families in neighborhoods with great schools want families from other neighborhoods — even within the same district — crowding into their schools.
Around the state, we have some places taxing themselves to the hilt for their schools while others are keeping taxes artificially low. Yes, there are differences in tax digests, but there are also differences in political will.
And at the local level, families argue that they paid a lot more for their house so their kids could go to School A rather than School B. Why, they ask, should families who did not sacrifice and buy in their pricier neighborhood get to go to “their” school?
What do you think? Here is what Houston County’s DA has on its Web site: Is this big brother? And assault on school choice? Or an indictment of our current system of school funding?
Or, is it all three?