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GEOGRAPHY STILL RULES OVER PARENTAL CHOICE

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The problem with parental choice in state schools is that geography still governs the vast majority of admissions, ...
The problem with parental choice in state schools is that geography still governs the vast majority of admissions, and that is a reason for some parents to give false addresses, often of relatives of businesses, says an article in The Times (p42).

The paper draws attention to the legal advice obtained by the Association of Metropolitan Authorities which says that councils could prosecute parents who lie about their address to get their children into a school.

But other reasons can be found to override the sovereignty of catchment areas. David Whitbread of the AMA cites the case of a police officer who successfully argued that he did not want his child going to the local school because it was in the area he patrolled.
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