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.|
Interdistrict: Transfers are at the discretion of the receiving board of education. Local boards of education may enter into agreements to transfer students between the districts and receiving school districts may set transfer deadlines.
Citations: Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-3104, § 49-6-3105 Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0520-01-03.03(11)
|Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs?||Student transfers must be exercised within the limitations of any existing court order or plan developed to comply with the state or federal constitution.|
Citations: Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-3104
|Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment?||No. However, school districts must enroll the children of teachers who do not live in the district.|
Citations: Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-3113
|Who is responsible for student transportation?||Districts may require parents to provide transportation, although school districts may create transportation agreements with other school districts.|
Citations: Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-3104 Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0520-01-03.03(11)