Open-enrollment policies allow a student to transfer to a public school of his or her choice. There are two basic types of open-enrollment policies.
Depending on the state, open-enrollment policies are mandatory, voluntary, or both.
|Open Enrollment Survey 2017|
|Does the state have open enrollment programs?||Yes, voluntary interdistrict; mandatory intradistrict and interdistrict in some circumstances; mandatory intradistrict and interdistrict for low-performing schools and schools in the Recovery School District.|
Voluntary: School boards may enter into an agreement to allow students to transfer to a school in a neighboring parish.
Citations: La. Rev. Stat. § 17:10.7, § 17:105, § 17:105.1 28 La. Admin. Code Pt. LXXXIII, 2501 through 2505, 1603(B); 28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXLV, 502; 28 La. Admin. Code Pt. CXV, 343 and 1303
|Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs?||Mandatory, academically unacceptable schools: School districts under a desegregation plan are "not exempt from offering students the option to transfer" but must first review the plan and possibly seek court approval for transfers.|
Citations: 28 La. Admin. Code Pt. XI, 2505
|Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment?||Not addressed.|
|Who is responsible for student transportation?||The receiving district is responsible for transportation when a student transfers to a school closer to the student's residence than the student's assigned school. When a student transfers from a low-performing school, the sending district must provide transportation.|
Citations: La. Rev. Stat. § 17:105.1 28 La. Admin. Code Pt. XI, 2503