Earlier this year, Redwood Heights families were in a panic. Their local elementary school’s kindergarten only had space for 40 students, and a number of “neighborhood” families were assigned to other schools.
After the outcry, the district made some changes. Big ones. As of earlier this month, the kindergarten classes had more than 80 children enrolled. While they somehow managed to find space for the Class of 2020, some parents say they feel it was a Band-Aid solution — one that won’t be possible for future kindergartners.
“We don’t believe they solved the problem. We believe they created a bigger problem,” said Kim Cole, who started a group called Future RHS Parents.
Cole and others say a lot of people give fake addresses to receive priority in Oakland’s School Options program — an issue they have been calling to the school district’s attention.
“The district has not done anything about address verification,” said Judy Gestring, whose child was ultimately allowed to enroll this year.
The Redwood Heights Neighborhood Association has invited Gary Yee to a meeting this fall to discuss the issue, she says.
I wonder: How common is address falsification is in Oakland, and how much time and money should the district place on rooting out the fraud?