Residency Hearings

Matt Keenan

Matt Keenan

In the Chicago area, there is enormous pressure for parents to find good school alternatives for their children. Some parents resort to a form of deception in order to insure that their child goes to a suburban school. Suburban school districts are well aware of this deception and are always looking to rid themselves of nonresident students. But sometimes, the school district makes a mistake. A legitimate resident may be told that their child can no longer attend school in their district. Worse yet, the school may present the parent with a tuition bill.

In Illinois, a child has a right to attend school tuition free in the district where his or her parent(s) reside. The child can attend school in another district if the child lives in that district for a reason other than attending school.

If you have received notice from your school district that your child may not attend school there, feel free to contact me to discuss your options. Often, the school district allows you a hearing. I strongly recommend that you retain legal counsel for this hearing since unrepresented parents can find themselves walking into a trap.

See our related blog: Why You Need An Attorney for a School Residency Hearing.

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