Sneaky Parents Lie About Where They Live to Get Kid in Good Public School (VIDEO)

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Westport, Connecticut is the kind of town families move to for the public schools. Nice facilities, good teachers and enriching programs every parent hopes their child will have at school.

So allegations that Christopher Kieras and his ex-wife Maria falsely enrolled their daughter in the local Kings Highway Elementary school even though they live 30 miles away is not a shocker. Parents will do that and much more to secure the best for their child.

But is it fair? Is it right? No, according to school officials, who are now going after the parents for the $27, 911 it took to educate their daughter for two school years.

The Kieras family is fighting the civil law suit. This isn't the town's first case like this. Last year they billed Heather Bliss and William Trudeau for $14,000 for enrolling their daughter in a Wesport school while living in a neighboring town.

I can certainly see these parents' perspective. No one wants their bright child to go to what they think is a substandard school just because of where they live. And, to be honest, it isn't fair.  But as extreme as the school district's reaction seems, it's the right thing to do. They have to send a message.

All public schools should provide a good education but that is just not the reality. The documentary Waiting For Superman was a frightening wake-up call for just how bad the situation is in this country. Still parents should not lie and cheat their way into a school district they do not pay taxes in. That creates an unfair drain on the resources of that school.

Do you think parents should be allowed to send their kids to any school they choose?

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nonmember avatar Lord K

"Still parents should not lie and cheat their way into a school district they do not pay taxes in. That creates an unfair drain on the resources of that school."

You just made an argument why school districts shouldn't be forced to educate children of illegals! I don't see how anyone can be opposed to these parents, while at the same time, insist that states must take on children of illegal immigrants, who are also draining school resources while their parents pay little to no taxes to the district.

mamav... mamavaness

Idk. I went to a school out of my districy from kinder thru all of hs but it wasnt because of the school being better. I had to go because my grandma lived so close to all the schools & my mom would drop us off at 6 & come pick us up at like 5 from my grandmas. So it was just easier to send us to school over there and we just used her address. We would have been really screwed if we went to school near us because we wouldn't have had anyone to watch us. So idk depends on the situatuion. Oh, and my bro is a junior & my mom was able to get a district transfer explaining her situation :)

Jespren Jespren

Yes parents should be able to send their children to the school of their choice, it's called the voucher system. The money should follow the child through the choice of the parent, not be automatically state-assigned to schools that no one in their right minds would send a child to just because the school building 'deserves' those funds.

nonmember avatar HappyDad

These parents had options that would not have resulted it them getting in trouble or in a law suit. They could have moved to the district or paid the $14,000 per year to enroll her in that school. While this may seem harsh, it is the only way to ensure that they are not over run by students whose parents don't pay taxes to support the school.

MamaM... MamaMay007

I am a big believer in more options of education being better for students and families. I personally have my daughter enrolled in a virtual school (google "k12" and search your state if you want to see if you have a virtual school near you) and love it. We are military and as we move all the time we would be giving our children a very broken education if we always had to go with local schools (like this year we are moving in August, but can't enroll in the housing area we hope to buy in until we actually do buy... This would mean starting school in one area and then moving to another midway... Not good.).

elle7777 elle7777

Maybe others will think about it before committing fraud.

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