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Irate parents want out-of-zone students policed

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Before their students are rezoned for other schools, many East Hamilton Middle/High parents want the school system to make sure that out-of-zone students aren't attending the school illegally.

Parents brought up the issue several times during a pair of public meetings last week on rezoning proposals. Many said they believe that students who live outside the zone, and in some cases in Georgia, are attending East Hamilton and exacerbating its overcrowding problems. And one school official said he agrees that a crackdown on such cases is needed.

Whether the action is for academics or athletics, reports of out-of-area students changing or falsifying addresses so that they're within a preferred school's attendance boundaries have been commonplace across the county.

But the proposed redrawing of attendance boundaries for East Hamilton and several area elementary schools brought new attention to the issue as hundreds of parents -- some stunned, some angry -- looked for anything that might help keep their kids where they are.

Read more about this story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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