Recently, a friend who lives outside of SF idly wondered if she should have used her mother-in-law's address to try to get her child into Alice Fong Yu. I told her that since AFY is in high demand, even if she'd gotten in, there was a good chance that her address would have been checked, her child kicked out of AFY, and she would have been up crap creek a week into the school year.
OK, I didn't say crap creek.
One reason SFUSD switched to the new lottery system is because addresses are easier to verify than things like mother's educational level or race. In early 2011, SFUSD posted a position called "Address Fraud Investigator." The 2012-2013 and 2013-14 SFUSD budgets allocated $37,000 to Address Fraud Investigation, on page 210 of the SFUSD Central Office budget.
Presumably the investigator and SFUSD have gotten more savvy about uncovering address fraud with each school year since 2011. Last fall, another K-files blogger told me that her child's class at Clarendon had 6 missing children at the start of school. She'd heard that 4 were kindergarteners who were not allowed to enroll because of address fraud.
The first part of the Address Fraud Investigator job description is below for those want to know more about how SFUSD investigates student addresses. The full link is here.
Round 1 applications can be revised up to the deadline on 1/21.