LETTER: Do the math on open enrollment

Some thinking points on open enrollment: -- If the receiving district receives an extra $3,000 for accepting stu
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Some thinking points on open enrollment:

-- If the receiving district receives an extra $3,000 for accepting students from a neighboring district, where did that $3,000 originate?

-- If the money came from the sending district, is it ethical for the taxpayers in that district to send their levy millage to the receiving district, which might increase property values in the receiving district, while decreasing property values in the sending district?

-- Are all students who apply for open enrollment accepted, regardless of their past academic performance or special needs?

-- What is the source for the cited data on the success of open enrollment in other states? Was it checked for validity?

-- If a district accepts students under open enrollment at the $5,800 per pupil rate, but then refuses to accept them at the "home student" rate ("losing" $3000 per student), what might a reader of the Register infer about the original decision to have open enrollment?

Jacquelyn Betzel-Conrad

Avon, Ohio