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Grosse Pointe School District In Michigan Considers Affidavits To Verify Student Residency

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One Michigan school district is considering legal penalties for parents whose children violate their residency policies for students.

Grosse Pointe Public School System Superintendent Thomas Harwood told the Detroit Free Press that the school administration is now looking over a draft of affidavits that would require parents and guardians to affirm their residency and is contemplating circulating them later this year.

The legal documents are being pushed by a group called Residents for Residency. At a school board meeting Monday, attorney Thomas Lizza, a member of the group, pressed the district to adopt the affidavits, which parents and guardians would have to sign and notarize to prove their children live in the school system's boundaries, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Lizza, who has pushed for affidavits in the past, argues there should be criminal and civil consequences for breaking school residency rules, Grosse Pointe Today reports.

The district's boundaries include five affluent communities, collectively known as the Pointes, and part of the city of Harper Woods. One of these cities, Grosse Pointe Park, borders the city of Detroit on one side.

The debate over students and residency is not new for this school system. But arguments heated up this August after the school board established a tuition penalty of $13,030 a year for students found to be violating the district's residency requirements, according to Grosse Pointe Patch. Board members voted four-to-two for the measure with one member abstaining.

The district now also requires additional documents, such as car registration and insurance information, to verify residency for students.

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