AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Last year was a record for Ohio public school students moving outside of their home districts as part of the state’s open-enrollment process.
Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1g3S4CR ) reports that another 72,000 students sought education in another district, leading to $360 million in public-school funding being shifted from one community to another.
Open enrollment is a process that allows parents to send their children across district borders without changing their address. And last year reflected the largest jump in the program, which is more than 20 years old.
For suburban and rural schools that want to fill out classrooms, it’s the answer to budget shortfalls. But because it typically results in urban schools losing a disproportionate number of white, middle-class students, the policy has repeatedly raised concerns about racial segregation.
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