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.
View the full open enrollment database here.
|Open Enrollment Survey 2018|
|Does the state have open enrollment programs?||Yes, voluntary interdistrict; mandatory intradistrict and interdistrict in some circumstances; mandatory intradistrict and interdistrict for low-performing schools and schools in the Recovery School District.|
Voluntary: School boards may enter into an agreement to allow students to transfer to a school in a neighboring parish.
Citations: La. Rev. Stat. § 17:10.7, § 17:105, § 17:105.1, § 17:4035, § 17:4035.1
|Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs?||Mandatory, low-performing schools: Students may not enroll in a receiving school if it would violate a court order. School districts designated as academically unacceptable and under a desegregation plan are "not exempt from offering students the option to transfer" but must first review the plan and possibly seek court approval for transfers.|
Citations: La. Rev. Stat. § 17:4035.1
|Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment?||Not addressed.|
|Who is responsible for student transportation?||When students are transferring out of a low-performing school, districts are not required to provide transportation if it would result in additional costs to the district. When a student transfers to a school closer to the student's residence than the student's assigned school, the receiving district is responsible for transportation. |
Citations: La. Rev. Stat. § 17:105.1, § 17:4035.1