Orange (Fla.) district offers transfer option to students at crowded schools

Monday, July 1, 2013

Parents at 70 overcrowded Orange County Public Schools will have the option to transfer their children to one of 47 less crowded school this fall under a School Board policy finalized this week.

"It's giving families choice," said Nancy Robbinson, the school board member who proposed the idea.

"It could be a really great thing if we have empty seats that we can fill," she said. In total, nearly two-thirds of district schools could send or receive students.

Seminole and Volusia counties already offer ways for students to transfer out of crowded schools. However, Seminole's elementary-transfer options are limited this year because of rezoning. Lake does not offer capacity transfers.

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