Understanding the Law

The Open Enrollment Act, Senate Bill X5 4 (Romero) became effective on April 14, 2010.
The law gives strong rights to parents whose children attend the 1,000 lowest performing California schools to opt out and send their children to any higher performing non-charter public school in the state!

According to this law, California must reveal the names of 1,000 of its lowest performing schools. These 1,000 schools, year after year, failed to show acceptable improvement. Additionally, the school district must notify all parents of children enrolled in these schools that the school is on the Open Enrollment list, and tell parents they have a choice to stay enrolled or transfer to a higher performing school.

The Open Enrollment list for the upcoming school year is usually released between September – October.

The application deadline to transfer schools in the next school year is December 31!

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