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Interdistrict Open Enrollment

December 11, 2020
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WRITTEN BY Brittany Whitley

Interdistrict choice allows students to attend a public school outside of their resident district.

Mandatory open enrollment policies require districts to accept transfer students, although schools are often allowed to set their own enrollment limits and have some flexibility to choose which students are accepted. When not associated with an intentional desegregation program, open enrollment policies in nearby states have been associated with increased school segregation by both race and income.

The most equitable and successful interdistrict choice systems provide stable state support for tuition and transportation costs, as well as specific enrollment criteria to ensure that all students can access better school options.

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