Here’s the story, but in a nutshell, they used a relative’s address to register their kids in Milford schools, which they apparently feel are better than East Haven’s.
The emails went every which way. Some were for the parents, some against, some debated the relative merits of the two school systems.
But I was particularly taken by this note we received:
I am a teacher and just caught your piece on the couple arrested for sending their children to school in Milford, outside their own district. It is sad and disturbing that in this country we are unable to provide quality education in EVERY city. These folks could be the case that makes us wake up and do something about the state of our schools. Our children deserve the best…all children deserve the best available education because it is the responsibility of our society.
I’ve lived in the same town for 23 years, but I’ll never forget the conversation I had with someone (forget who) when we first moved in.
“Why did you pick our town?”
“I liked the house.”
“Yes, but why here?”
None of my answers seemed good enough, until I finally figured out what she wanted to hear.
“Good school system.”
“Why yes, we’re very proud of our schools. Excellent choice.”
She never asked whether we had kids. Couldn’t have cared less.