Canton Geneva to defend excluding France school kids
Canton Geneva is likely to be back in court defending its decision not to allow children who live in France to attend the canton’s schools.
Around 25,000 Swiss families live in neighbouring France and they want their children to be educated in the canton. Most still work in Switzerland and pay tax to Geneva under an agreement signed with France in the seventies.
Geneva says the decision is in the best interest of the child which benefits from better integration if they are in school in the country where they live.
But the mayor of St-Julien-en-Genevois in France, suspects the motive is financial and allows Geneva to save over CHF 3m a year.
One court hearing has already ruled the decision illegal as it seemed to apply arbitrarily. Despite that, the canton is still refusing to register children living in France.