Everyone freak out! There are a bunch of Lincoln Elementary parents who might have to transfer their kids out of the school for next year.
Apparently Lincoln has gotten really overcrowded -- 800 kids up from 630 five years ago -- and this year for the first time included a notice to the entire community about address verification. You can't send your kid to the school if you don't live in the area, unless it's 7th or 8th grade. Owning a condo that you rent out or use as an office doesn't qualify.
In the past, there hasn't been any community-wide letter about this. The process has been conducted informally via individual conversations with parents whose addresses have come up as out of area or whose kids have said, "0h, we don't live there anymore."
The predictable response -- first sent to me from the members' only NPN forum -- has been a flurry of concern from parents who use their Lincoln Park condos as rentals or offices (or just outright faked an address) as well as thanks from Lincoln Park parents who actually reside in the area and feel others are sending their kids to Lincoln unfairly.
The school tells me that there's no attempt to shame parents individually -- there are lots of reasons kids transfer every year. There's no "check this box if you've been faking your address" form to fill out. It's not even clear just how rigorously the school or CPS is going to check where a kid lives, beyond sending out this notice.
But then again I don't have a copy of the letter -- any Lincoln parentsor NPNers want to send it? No response yet either from CPS either about whether this is being done in other places, how the verification process is supposed to go. Anyone from communications or law want to fill us in, officially or otherwise?