A DeKalb reader sent me a note about local school districts no longer having to provide transportation for AYP transfer students next year. The reader said: “I think this will lead to a lot of angst, especially in DeKalb, where we had hundreds of transfer students.”
Here is the letter from DeKalb County schools to parents, explaining the change:
As of June 30, 2012, there will no longer be a Public School Choice (ESEA Choice) transfer option under ESEA as reauthorized under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and the DeKalb County School District will no longer be required to implement ESEA Choice or pay for ESEC Choice transportation as implemented under the ESEA.
This change will go into effect for the 2012-2013 school year. All currently authorized travel reimbursements will continue to be processed through the end of the 2011-2012 school year.
Any student that has previously transferred to another school by exercising ESEA Choice must be allowed to attend that school until he or she completes the school’s highest grade; however the DeKalb County School District is no longer required to pay for the student’s transportation cost during the duration of the student’s attendance at the current ESEA Choice School.
If your student intends to remain at his/her current ESEA Choice School for the 2012-2013 school year, please notify your current school’s principal no later than Monday, April 16, 2012. This will allow the schools time to plan for the next year. Thank you.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog