Monday, November 1, 2010

San Francisco Concerned About Illegal Students

But not illegal alien students. The San Francisco Unified School District is apparenltly concerned about the cost of students from out side the City and County of San Francisco. Other than the advanced academic Lowell High School, one would wonder why anyone would leave the better schools of the suburbs to go to the horrible SFUSD schools.
Liars beware. Assisted by an arsenal of private investigators and public databases, San Francisco school district officials have spent the last seven months cracking down on out-of-town address cheats, identifying 200 students who lied about where they live to get into city schools.Those caught were kicked out.

With that demonstration of strong sleuthing skills, district officials are putting any remaining offenders on notice and offering a narrow window of amnesty to those who come forward. Cheaters who haven't been caught yet should consider the offer carefully; the offense will otherwise come with a high personal and monetary price tag.

All of the students nabbed so far not only had to leave their schools immediately, but their parents were also on the hook for the $500 to $4,500 cost of the investigation to root their kids out. The expense includes staff and private detective time as well as things like home visits."We are knocking on doors if need be," said Archie Fokin, director of the district's Educational Placement Center. "And we don't call and tell them we're coming."

Students have been removed from schools across the city. Most live south of San Francisco and have come for a variety of reasons, including a perception that they will get a better education. Some have parents who work in the city and see convenience.
And they are serious, employing investigators to track down the frausters.
"We understand that parents falsely claiming San Francisco residency may have the best possible motives, namely, to obtain the best education for their children," the letter states. "However, by securing a spot through a false residency claim, parents committing address fraud are displacing San Francisco children whose parents have the same hopes for their children, and who, in many cases, have been turned away from their desired schools after having diligently followed the rules."

Fokin said address fraud to get into a district school most frequently includes using an acquaintance's or family member's address. Other examples have included altering utility bills, which are used to prove residency or using a business address or a rented-out property rather than a home.

The district started ramping up investigations in March after the district adopted a new student assignment system, one that gives more priority to students living near schools and those living in census tracts where student test scores are low.

Focusing on fraudulent addresses will send a message that such conduct will be discovered, said Darlene Lim, executive director of the Educational Placement Center.

"We needed to be more aggressive," she said. The district created an anonymous tip line in March and started cross-referencing student addresses with public databases to see who else was using that address or if it belonged to a business or rented mailbox.

New and faster computers helped with that, leading to 10 times more students identified than in year's past.
With proof in hand, information sometimes obtained with the help of a private detective, the district contacted suspect families and gave them a chance to appeal and prove their residency.

Even more interesting is the verbiage used to describe those who are just sending their children to school:
Cheats who continued to claim a San Francisco address only increased the cost of the investigation, which ultimately exposed them anyway, Fokin said.
Cheats...but, of course, the SFUSD, and the left in general, makes no effort to keep illegal alien children out. The SFUSD actually opposed Proposition 187 that would have saved SFUSD millions by keeping illegal aliens out of public schools. Apparenlty those people are not cheats, but Americans are. Apparently crossing county borders is bad, but international borders, not.
Here's a tip though, alot of Chinese students from Oakland go to schools in Chinatown. They get off at the Montgomery Street BART station and walk to the 45 and 30 Lines bus stop at the corner of Kearny and Post Streets around 7:15 a.m.
Drop a dime on those scofflaws: (415) 522-6783 or AddressTipline@sfusd.edu


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