Open-enrollment policies allow a student to transfer to a public school of his or her choice. There are two basic types of open-enrollment policies:
Depending on the state, open-enrollment policies are either mandatory or voluntary.
|Open Enrollment Survey 2015|
|Does the state have open enrollment programs?||Yes, mandatory intradistrict, with some limitations, and mandatory interdistrict.|
Districts are required to adopt standards for acceptance and rejection of open enrollment option applications. Standards may include the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or school building or the availability of appropriate special education programs. Denial of a student's open enrollment application may be appealed to the state board of education.
|Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs?||Diversity plans must provide for open enrollment between all buildings in a learning community. Diversity is based upon socioeconomic status of students.|
|Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment?||Yes. A student may transfer once prior to graduation unless:
|Who is responsible for student transportation?||Parents are responsible for transportation; however, the receiving school district may provide transportation on the same basis as provided for resident students and may charge a fee sufficient to recover the additional costs. Students eligible for free lunch are eligible for transportation reimbursement. For students with disabilities, transportation services are provided by the sending school district, which is reimbursed by the state.|