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Children from five families have been booted from the Braintree public school system after officials discovered they did not actually live in town.
The expulsions, which took place over the course of the current academic year, are part of an ongoing effort to keep non-resident students — whose parents or guardians do not pay municipal taxes — from attending Braintree’s overcrowded schools.
Mayor Joseph Sullivan said he regretted that the students would suffer the consequences of their guardians’ dishonesty, but insisted the town had to act out of fairness to its taxpayers and to deter other families from attempting to game the school system.