Only Evanston/Skokie School District 65 students who are registered can return to school when fall classes start on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

All new and returning families are required to register. Many families completed the registration process during scheduled registration dates that ended Aug. 1.

Families who have not yet registered can call 847 492-5887 for an appointment at the district education center at 1500 McDaniel Ave. before school begins.

Registration cannot be completed at school locations.

Families will have to provide residency verification documents, required immunizations for students entering certain grades, and emergency contact information at the time of registration. More details are available on the district website.

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  1. D65 needs to go back to school
    This is truly unbelievable. Why is this even an issue? Students have to be registered in order to attend school? No kidding. What a shock. Although, I’m not surprised with the Evanston mentality of letting anyone and everyone freely have access to our schools. Sometimes our liberal mindset defies logic.

    I have never known any school district that does not require students to register for classes. Does anyone know if Evanston is an anomoly in this situation?

    1. District #65 registration
      “Although, I’m not surprised with the Evanston mentality of letting anyone and everyone freely have access to our schools. Sometimes our liberal mindset defies logic.”

      Racer — I question the conclusions you are reaching about #65’s registration announcement. If you go to their website, one of the first purposes that is listed for the annual registration is to “ensure that only residents of District 65 attend school on a tuition-free basis.”

      I have never seen any discussion among the members of the community that our schools should be accessible to everyone and anyone. Making sure that this was not happening was an annual problem for the District. I believe that it was having an effect upon some schools more than others. Several years ago, they tightened up the registration process and required annual proof of residency to try to make sure that only families paying local school taxes were attending #65.

      In one of the District’s annual reports in the past 2 or 3 years, shortly after tightening up the system, there was an abrupt drop-off of students in some categories. One of the explanations that was offered, but never fully substantiated, was that this was the result of the District tightening up on the registration process.

      1. This issue has been a problem for years
        I recall the drop off in students – which goes to show there was a problem for years – is it solved? I would not count on it completely.

        The issue is complex = since if the student is a resident of the district the first day of classes then moves they can remain in the district the entire year. Also homeless children can claim residency. Also many families in the past used a relative’s addresses or other means to get in.

        I would agree not having a lease or other proof of residency is a problem – then again the district should look at these cases closely – the real question is are they realing checking? The are clearly many situations – were children are being moved around between residences etc – that many make it appear they are non-residents. I would suspect in many cases of questionable residency – the situation is less than ideal – with over 7,000 residents here below the proverty line it is clear many are moving quite frequently.

        Over the years it was clear to me there were many out of district kids here and no one in the district from board members to the staff at the schools bother to monitor it. It is really the matter who was accountable for this monitoring in the district and if they were doing their job?

        It is very likely over the years millions of the taxpayers dollars were spent educating non – residents.

  2. Check out the number of affidavits of residency
    Got to agree with Racer X on the issue — “Athough I’m not surprised with the Evanston mentality of letting anyone and everyone freely have access to our schools.” The so-called residency verification process is a sham.

    A few years ago (maybe four or five years), District 65 instituted a requirement for registration that parents or guardians provide written proof that they are residents of District 65. While it’s a bit of a pain to collect a few pieces of paper, it’s not onerous. For example, you can use a rent receipt or a mortgage coupon plus a utility bill (phone, electric, gas) or a driver’s license. The list of acceptable documents is lengthy.

    But surprise — District 65 also allows parents or guardians to sign an affidavit of residency. And guess what. The number of affidavits of residency continues to go up every year. As I recall, for the last school year, there were several dozen of these affidavits accepted.

    In the affidavit, the parent or guardian can sign a statement that, honest and true, the parent or guardian is a resident of the school district. But as I also recall, District 65 acknowledged that no one from District 65 ever checks the veracity of those affidavits.

    So the residency verification process is a sham if someone can sign a piece of paper without any concern that someone will check its truthfulness. Why should residents of Evanston spend the time to collect those papers, while non-residents can just show up sign an affidavit? Maybe all parents and guardians should just sign affidavits if some are allowed to do so.

    Most importantly, why doesn’t the District check any of the affidavits? With the taxes that Evanston residents must pay (either directly or through their rent), why isn’t District 65 more careful with our money? With the cost to educate each child in District 65 at about $17,000, 50 non-resident children cost us $850,000.

    District 65 needs to be more diligent. and let parents and guardians know that they will randomly check those affidavits of residency.

  3. registration and enrollment drop off
    Having attempted to deal with the massive bureacracy of registering and reregistering my children in the schools when any fool with internet access can look up my property tax information and see not only how long I have owned my home but what I have paid for it, I am mystified at the hoops the district makes homeowners, working parents who cannot take the day off, jump through just to get our children off to school. Try getting a phone call back from frantically overworked staff during the summer– and the website is down frequently when you attempt to get information, but the drop off in enrollments has nothing to do with that. Ask any private school admissions administrator in the area where Evanston kids are–they are filling the classes of the 5 Evanston private schools to capacity and beyond, and North Shore Counry Day, Latin and Francis Parker are ever grateful for our dysfunctional school system which provides them with free recruitment incentives each year. District 65 needs every able bodied adult to help make the system work because right now its a mess.

  4. Are Evanston students really from Evanston?

     

    "Schools Look to Weed Out Nonresidents" in the New York Times tells how schools have found it necessary to verify the legal residency of children in its schools.

    Stories about parents checking car plates and stickers of people dropping children off at schools and other reports make it clear we have a problem that is costing taxpayers for educating Chicago kids.  Of course, Skokie and New Trier may be educating Evanston students.

     

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