As many of you predicted, it won’t be so easy to take advantage of a new state law that allows families to transfer their child to any public school within the district.
The Georgia Department of Education wrote the rules for HB 251 and school districts will post on July 1 which campuses have room for extra students.
Charter schools don’t have to accept transfer students. Schools that only have room in trailers or those that have been open for less than four years won’t have to participate either.
Before schools can accept students under the new state law, officials must allow transfer students under the federal No Child Left Behind Act guidelines.
Priority also goes to students who have siblings at the school and special education students who would benefit from programs offered exclusively at the school.
Once that’s done, schools may have few spots (or none) for parents who hoped the new law would give their kids a shot at a better school.
State education officials said the rules follow the spirit of the law, while allowing for concerns about overcrowding.
What do you think of these transfer rules? How can schools balance parent choice without overcrowding the best schools?