Oregon lawmakers push open enrollment reform

Oregon lawmakers push open enrollment reform

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Oregon lawmakers push open enrollment reform

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 31, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 1 at 5:44 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Some Oregon lawmakers want to curtail a law that opens up school boundaries.

Under open enrollment legislation, students can freely apply for transfers to schools outside their home areas. Districts can't stop students from leaving during this one-month sign-up window. When students transfer, they take with them roughly $6,000 in state and local funding.

Proposed legislation would require transfer students to get permission from their home district before leaving.

Open enrollment advocates say zip codes shouldn't be a determining factor in a child's education, and that school choice creates healthy competition among districts.

Opponents say it stratifies low-income families and harms the school districts students leave.

The law was part of a bipartisan education overhaul passed in 2011. It is set to expire in 2017.
 

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