Eye on Education

One Lawmaker’s Push to Revise Open Enrollment in Ohio Schools Goes Nowhere

Ohio’s policy that allows school districts to accept students from outside their enrollment boundaries has shifted more than $360 million and 72,000 students across districts. Many suburban districts say open enrollment allows them to increase efficiency by serving more students and fill budget holes. Urban districts, though, say the policy causes them to lose several middle class and high performing students. And as the Akron Beacon Journal reports, the legislature doesn’t have much of an appetite to revise the policy any time soon.

Last year, $360 million in public school funding was shuffled from one community to another as 72,000 students sought an education in a different school district. It’s all because of open enrollment, a process that allows parents to send their children across district borders without changing their address.

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