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 mandatory, voluntary, or both.
|Open Enrollment Survey 2017|
|Does the state have open enrollment programs?||Yes, mandatory intradistrict if space is available; voluntary interdistrict if the sending district does not have space or if the student lives closer to a school in the receiving district. Additionally, school districts may enter into a transfer contract with another district.
Citations: Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-293, § 20-2-294, § 20-2-2130, § 20-2-2131 Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 160-5-4-.09
|Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs?||Open enrollment programs must not interfere with any desegregation plans that are or may be in effect.|
Citations: Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-294
|Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment?||No. However, districts must admit non-resident children of district employees.|
Citations: Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-293
|Who is responsible for student transportation?||Parents are responsible for transportation, although school districts may contract with each other for transportation.|
Citations: Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-2131, § 20-2-293, § 20-2-294 Ga. Comp. R. & Regs 160-5-4-.09