"Faux" Lincoln ES Parents Warned

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?

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  • still waiting for CPS to provide more information...

    meantime, NPN wants everyone to join in -- and pay $45 for the privilege.

    anyone else?

  • apparently belding sent a letter out about this, too?

  • from lincoln's website:

    "We will be happy to enroll your child in the Main Office of Abraham Lincoln Elementary School upon presentation of the following documents: Evidence of Current Address: Parent or guardian must present two (2) different utility bills (electric, gas, phone, or water) AND an Illinois photo ID with current address."

    still nothing from CPS

  • If you pay utilities-just 2 of them, on the condo you rent out, you can still send your kids there and not 'live' there. These parents do not want a charter school--they would rather overcrowd Lincoln! That does not say much for charters.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I don't think there is a charter school anywhere near little Lincoln. Maybe that's the problem, CPS should open charters on the North-side.

  • In reply to CPS Parent:

    CPS would (already have) opened charters North if parents could be persuaded to have their children attend. Lincoln parents do not need no stinkin' charters. They know that those charters could never match the quality of Lincoln. That is one reason why the school is overcrowded. Why do you think CPS creates Skinner 2 or Disney 2? Those names have cache, but fail those parents and CPS will here about it.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    cachet, and i think there's a charter planned for rogers park, no? and was one proposed for avondale that got rejected. so....

  • "AND an Illinois photo ID with current address." They violate Board policy by requiring IL photo ID. You need to have a photo ID- it does NOT have to be from IL nor the residency/address on it. Play fair.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    share a link to the board policy requirement you cite, in which an IL photo ID is not required?

  • Proof of current address Includes, but is not limited to, any TWO of the documents listed below:
    Current utility bill
    Illinois driver’s license or State of Illinois identification card
    Deed
    Employee identification number
    MediPlan/Medicaid card
    Court documents
    Illinois Department of Public Aid card
    Stamped United States Post Office change of address form
    Illinois state aid check/social security check
    Right off the wwwcpsedu. You could not look yourself AR?

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