At-large Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George says she's had enough with suburban parents who try to sneak their kids into Boston public schools - and no longer just the exam schools, but even pre-school, inclusion and special-ed programs.
At-large Councilor Michael Flaherty, meanwhile, is venting similar ire against suburbanites - and even people from New Hampshire - who use "mattress addresses" to get on the civil-service lists for jobs as Boston police officers and firefighters.
The council agreed today with Essaibi-George's request for a hearing to figure out how BPS can do a better job at ferreting out interloping students taking away classroom space from Boston kids.
"Tthis is theft," she said. "This is a theft of services that happens districtwide, at the same time some of our families are on wait lists. "
Essaibi-George said suburbanites smart enough to realize the advantages of Boston schools are smart enough to figure out how to avoid easy detection. She said she doesn't get why BPS has only one full-time investigator assigned to looking for suburbanites when a neighboring city to Boston's north, which she didn't name, with a far smaller system, has 2 1/2 people assigned to the same task.
Separately, the council approved a request to ask the state legislature to let Boston extend the amount of Boston residency required to apply for a BPD or BFD position from one to three years.
Flaherty said too many people from "Duxbury, the Cape, Winchester or even New Hampshire" set up what he called "mattress addresses" in Boston strictly so they can take the civil-service test for those jobs, possibly unfairly pushing out lifelong Boston residents who might also be seeking the positions - residents, he added, who would be familiar with the streets and neighborhoods of Boston from day one.
"Let's give city kids an opportunity to get on these jobs," he said, adding the proposal would also make it easier for the city to hire more women and minority candidates.