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, voluntary intradistrict and interdistrict; mandatory intradistrict and interdistrict for students in low-performing schools. Boards of receiving school districts may admit non-resident students if space is available. Students attending a low-performing school must be allowed to transfer to another school in the state.|
Citations: N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-1-4, § 22-12-5, § 22-2E-2 N.M. Admin Code. 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52
|Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs?||Not addressed.|
|Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment?||Yes. Receiving districts must give priority in the following order:
Citations: N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-1-4
|Who is responsible for student transportation?||Districts are responsible for transportation when a student transfers to another school within the same district, although the local board may reimburse parents for travel costs. Sending districts are not responsible for students who transfer to another school district. Receiving districts may make policies about transporting out-of-district students at no additional cost to the school transportation fund, including boarding the bus at the last stop on an approved route if space is available.|
Citations: N.M. Admin. Code 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168