North Carolina lawmakers put school open enrollment bill on hold

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Lawmakers decided this afternoon to put the brakes on draft legislation that would allow a student to attend any school in the state.

“I have some concerns about this legislation,” said Rep. Bryan Holloway (Rockingham, Stokes), who moved to put the bill, titled ‘Open Enrollment/Home School Pilot,’ on hold so that members of the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee could spend more time discussing its provisions and talking with local superintendents about the plan’s logistics. The bill was first put forth by a subcommittee chaired by Sen. Fletcher Hartsell (R-Cabarrus, Union).

The open enrollment legislation would require local school districts to establish an open enrollment policy so that parents of students could apply to send their children to any school within a local school district, or even to a school in another district, if that local board approves. The law, which is largely based on Colorado’s Public Schools of Choice Act, would take effect for the 2015-16 school year.

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