Saturday, May 26, 2007

Parental Empowerment aka School Choice in SC


The bill, which is championed by state education Superintendent Jim Rex, seeks “to make the South Carolina public school system the most choice-driven public school system in the nation.”

Nationwide, more than 15 states already mandate some form of open enrollment, according to a database compiled by the Education Commission for the States, a Denver-based organization that tracks policy trends and data.

The proposed S.C. plan sets some limits regarding how many out-of-district students may enroll in a school:

School districts must only admit a number of out-of-district students equal to one-half percent of districtwide enrollment. That will increase annually, topping out at 3 percent by 2014.

Out-of-district applicants can be denied if schools have reached capacity.