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Friday March 4, 2011

Investigation into Beverly Hills School Reveals 63 “Illegal Students”

A Beverly Hills residency investigation has revealed that a number students were attending the school illegally.

A private investigator reported that as of January 31st, 63 students were attending schools in the Beverly Hills Unified School District stating that they lived in the city when they actually did not.

A similar search for such students done in the 2009/2010 school year turned up 39 students, and the 2008/2009 investigation revealed 37.

It is not that uncommon for parents to lie about their children’s residency if they lie to get them into better schools, and it is unclear whether any of the “illegal students” were also undocumented immigrants.

The increase in the number of “illegal students” is a result of a full-time investigator being hired by the district after making the residency issue a priority, says the Superintendent of Business Services Alex Cherniss.

We employ a full-time investigator and he has our full support in investigating these cases,” said Cherniss. “We’re following up on leads and doing everything in our power, with the reduced amount of district staff, to make this a priority.”

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