I have to side with the parents who went to the effort to transport their children to the better school district ["Schools Crack Down on Boundary Hopping," usnews.com]. Our school district is better than some surrounding school districts, and we take all comers since we have mostly retirees and our enrollment numbers are low. Public libraries are funded by local tax dollars yet they are open to everyone. My kids went to programs in the library in the next county over because it was so well funded and had great programs. No one kicked them out, and I volunteered of my own volition to help offset the costs. MIT puts its courses online so students around the world without the funds can learn. These laws are headed in the wrong direction. We want poor people with motivation to show up to the better schools. There should be some compromise positions taken. One is that the excellent schools in rich areas should offer some spaces to poor students outside of the district who have excellent academic records and a desire to succeed. Also, the money per pupil in the poor school district could be transferred to the rich district. Parents could pay part or all of the difference in educational cost or parents could volunteer in the school and work off the expenses. In the long run, America benefits by not keeping people down, and we need to find a way to accommodate these students.
Comment by Susan of CO
Back in the mid 1990s, I did exactly this! I was two blocks from the boundary between the designated high school with such bad gang activity that they had installed razor-edge barbed wire across the fences versus going to a school without gangs and shootings. So I used the address of a friend to make sure my son got the best education I could. Despite being ousted by a teacher, I was able to keep him in the other high school because they were both in the same district. If I had to do it again with these kinds of draconian reactions, I still would. If I ever sit on a jury where someone like these parents are brought before me, I will vote not guilty. If this is what it takes to get a good education, I would do it. I appreciate the need for rules and order. I understand the concern about "losing" money from one school district to another. But the real crime is we are not making schools the best they each can be, so there is not extreme variation that motivates this behavior. Giving your student the best possible shot at a good education should never be a crime. It is this kind of nonsense that makes me so dedicated to making change!
Comment by Linda P. Taylor of CA
I have had it with this win-win stuff for the school system. Everyone wants their kids to go to better schools but not pay for them. I pay a lot for my school, and I am tired of them going miles away to bus kids and put them in the new schools due to overcrowding. I think the charges are justified [against Yolanda Hill] and [I am] glad to see it. I hope the officer gets rewarded. In these economic times let's charge the grandmother too because she knew what her daughter who she raised so well was doing.
Comment by Sher of OH
Perhaps a percent of property tax should be earmarked for education, taken out by the state, county, nation, or whatever, and equally distributed, and children can go to any school they can get to. I know some say that disadvantaged schools get aid and use more per student than suburbs. With free choice in schools, this disparity would disappear. How else will equality in education be achieved? The wealthy know this. It is why they do not want the financially disadvantaged in "their" school.
Comment by Clare of PA
I suggest we give parents vouchers and let them shop for the best school for their child. Get the politics and teachers unions out of the equation. Make it demand driven education.
Comment by Alan Wells of TN