4 July 2021
The registration form for Beverly's kindergarten is shocking. There's the usual questions on allergies, race(s), and emergency contact information. But by far the largest section is verifying her eligibility. Specifically, whether she genuinely lives in the school's catchment area. They require:
Why the obsession with Beverly's address? Well, this school is in a wealthy (aka white and asian) neighbourhood. Accordingly, it's a good school. So the district feels that it is important to keep it like this, and to ensure that the black and hispanic students from adjacent districts stay in their own schools.
In the US, educational segregation begins in kindergarten.