SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The San Francisco Unified School District is cracking down on out-of-town students enrolled at the city’s schools. The district has set up an anonymous tip line to report non-resident students who have snuck into these highly-coveted and competitive spots.
Almost 1,800 children competed for 88 kindergarten openings at Clarendon Elementary School and at Rooftop Elementary, there’s only space for one in every 17 kindergartners looking to enroll. School Board President Hydra Mendoza said the hunt is on for the hundreds of non-resident enrolled students.
KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:
According to Mendoza, some of the biggest tattlers are San Francisco parents who couldn’t get their children into the school of their choice.
“Our kids who are from San Francisco get first priority,” said Mendoza adding that families that may work, but don’t live within the district, are pushing out kids that do, in order to go to the city’s high-quality schools.
“If they are in a school that’s highly desirable, they won’t be invited to come back to that school, but we will welcome them into any of our schools that have openings,” alerted Mendoza.
Last year the district sent out letters warning out-of-town students to leave or face the financial costs of investigating and removing them. This year’s even more concerted effort is attributed to the intense competition to attend the district’s most popular schools.
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