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Letter: Out-of-district students are net loss for DeKalb taxpayers

To the Editor:

In response to Irene Rubin's letter, "Eliminating students who don’t live here will cost district", (page 15, May 22 Daily Chronicle).

Irene, we aren’t talking so much about out-of-district students as much as we are about students who are here illegally, without parents or legal guardians.

Legal parents and guardians appointed by local courts are what are missing in DeKalb School District 428. The Illinois school code clearly states custody must be exercised by an adult who demonstrates that, in fact, he or she assumes and exercises legal responsibility for the people and provides the pupil with a regular, fixed night-time abode for purposes other than for the child to access the educational programs of District 428.

Irene, all students who don’t comply with this provision of the law, 105 ILCS 5/10-20.12b(a)(v) will be leaving District 428 next year.   

The federal Title I food program in District 428 is at 70 percent, or about 4,700 students.

A majority of these students will be returning to their communities of origin. This will cause the transportation budget to drop from $8.5 million back to maybe $1 million and the school enrollment will drop back down to 2,500 students. The problem is not the out-of-district students that you allude to, although that is a problem.

This situation is causing illegal taxation to local taxpayers, upward of $47 million a year, which has ruined real estate values, business creation and all those nasty things that fall under capitalism.

Irene, you also mentioned District 428 would be losing $5,396 from state and federal government. This money is coming from other people in the country. The DeKalb taxpayers are not worried about losing $5,396 in government funds if we can save $10,000 for each illegal student who is registered here without an in-district parent or legal guardian.

The winning scenario is for District 428 to follow the law and only allow children of taxpaying parents or tuition-paying residents to access our schools. 

It would be my pleasure to have you as my guest on my Inconvenient Truth radio show on WLBK-AM 1360 any Thursday of your choosing at 9:10 a.m. With full disclosure in mind, your husband Herb and I have been friends for more than 30 years and I would love to have him on the show with you at the same time. We can handle it.

Irene, God bless you for your many years of service and involvement in the DeKalb community.

James Mason

DeKalb

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