St. Louis firefighters want the right to live outside city limits so their children can go to good schools The city’s schools are about to lose accreditation. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:
ST. LOUIS â€” Twice a week after his 24-hour shift as a firefighter, Dan Lemmon works an additional 10 hours delivering freight on an 18-wheeler.
It’s not to raise money for holiday gifts or a Florida vacation â€” it’s to keep his kids out of the St. Louis Public Schools.
Many St. Louis firefighters â€” whose primary job keeps them tethered to home addresses in the city â€” are drawing second paychecks to pay tuition at private and parochial schools.
. . . “I’d be living out in Fenton and sending my kids to one of the best school districts in Missouri â€” and not paying for it,” said Lemmon, who now spends more than $12,000 a year to send three children to Catholic school.
The municipal workers’ union also is thinking of seeking an end to the residency rule. In 2005, St. Louis police officers were granted the right to live outside the city.
Via Education Gadfly.