Kids, when you get off the school bus on your way home, someone could be watching your every move. That’s because public schools across North America are doing everything from hiring private eyes to using FBI-quality surveillance cameras to catch kids who are enrolled in schools illegally.
Typically, kids are required to attend the public school in their neighborhood. But a lot parents in areas with schools that aren’t-so-hot don’t want their kids stuck there for 4 years. So, they use fake addresses in nearby neighborhoods – or use a friend’s address - where there are better schools, and pretend to live there. But when kids enroll in a school illegally, it costs the school more money and classes get overloaded. That’s why school officials say they have no choice but to crack down and prosecute parents.
One mother we read about was busted for using her father’s address to enroll her kids in a better school. She was convicted of two felonies and spent nine days behind bars! A lot of people think that’s extreme, but school officials disagree. They point out that parents are sending the message to kids that cheating is OK.
Also, cash-strapped schools can’t afford to educate illegal students. That’s why schools from coast to coast are hiring investigators to trail kids from the school to their home. Other districts use services like VerifyResidence.com, which provides "the latest in covert technology to photograph, videotape, and document" children going from their house to school. Some schools also pay tipsters hundreds of dollars to rat out kids who are illegally enrolled.
So, do you think schools are going too far, following kids and prosecuting parents? Comment at Facebook.com/John Tesh.