Law prompts some schools to end open enrollment

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - A new Indiana law that prohibits public schools from turning away transfer students with poor grades or disciplinary problems has prompted some districts to end their open enrollment policies.

Lawmakers passed the law after hearing from educators and students who said some schools were accepting only the brightest transfer applicants and rejecting children with disciplinary problems.

The new law that took effect in July prevents schools that accept students from outside the district's borders from denying a student's transfer request for any reason other than school capacity. The Times of Munster reports some districts have responded by halting their open enrollment, while others have not.

Munster Superintendent Richard Sopko says the district is no longer accepting transfer students because the new law takes away "local control."

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