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 intradistrict and interdistrict. Students may attend another school with permission from the receiving school, and school districts may adopt mutual policies allowing students to transfer between the districts. Students living far from their assigned school may attend school in an adjoining district with permission from both districts. Students in districts without an elementary school or in districts with 10 or fewer students may attend school in another district.|
Citations: Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 20-A-2702, § 20-A-5203, § 20-A-5204, § 20-5205
|Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs?||Not addressed.|
|Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment?||Not addressed.|
|Who is responsible for student transportation?||When a sending district has a contract with another district because the sending district does not have a school, the sending district is responsible for transportation costs. When school districts have policies allowing transfers between school districts, the policies must address transportation issues. In other cases, the parents are responsible for transportation costs. |
Citations: Me. Rev. stat. Ann. § 20-A-5401, § 20-A-5203, § 20-5205