Monday, September 23, 2002

More on School Choice Black Market

Education Intelligence Agency reports that

School Choice Black Market Dragnet Nabs Teacher.

Parents lying about their place of residence in order to get their children into better public schools -- what EIA has termed the black market in school choice -- made headlines yet again last week. This time the "culprit" was a Florida elementary school teacher.

Eileen Hickman of Pinellas County provided a false address to the Palm Harbor University High School, which placed her daughter in classes there. When the district discovered the subterfuge (through anonymous phone calls, according to the report in the St. Petersburg Times), Hickman's daughter was expelled. The twist in this case is that Hickman is employed by the district and received a five-day, unpaid suspension for her actions.

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