Ashland schools will continue to offer open enrollment

The Ashland School Board Monday voted unanimously to allow out-of-district students the opportunity to attend Ashland schools next academic year under the state's open enrollment policy.

The open enrollment law was passed during the 2011 session of the Oregon Legislature, and allows a district to open its doors and accept out-of-district students without permission from their home districts. Previously, both districts had to approve a transfer.

Administrators now will have to define how many students Ashland schools will be able to accommodate next year through open enrollment, and the school board will have to approve those numbers.

Under the law, families interested in transferring are required to apply for transfer by April 1.

"The general consensus is this was economically advantageous for the district, without having any negative effects on things like class size," school board member John Williams said.

Last year, the district had hoped to bring in 308 students through open enrollment, but only 102 applied, and the district accepted only 60.

Only 49 of those 60 students are still attending Ashland schools under open enrollment, according to a recent report from the district.

— Sam Wheeler

Read more in Wednesday's paper.

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