RI town tries to stop students from ‘boundary hopping’

By The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A Rhode Island mayor wants to recoup the money his town is spending to educate out-of-town-students who illegally attend school in his community.

Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena estimates that 200 to 300 out-of-town students attend Johnston schools.

He says residents have told him stories of seeing parents who don’t live in their neighborhood dropping kids off at the bus stop.

The Democratic mayor thinks parents are using the address of a friend or relative in Johnston to register their child in town.

Officials think many of these "boundary hopping" students come from neighboring Providence, where student-to-teacher ratios are higher and test scores are lower.        

A proposed law would allow Johnston to recoup the cost of educating students from neighboring communities.

The town council president expects it to pass Tuesday.

© The Associated Press / WLNE-TV 2015