Arkansas students and families need better public school transfer options

In Politics by Michael Rae

In Arkansas, the quality of a student’s education is often determined by where their family can afford the price of rent or a mortgage. Plus, restrictive state laws make it difficult for students to transfer to a public school within or outside of their current school district.

To start to fix this and help families find public schools that work for them, Arkansas policymakers should update the state’s open enrollment program.

What is open enrollment? Public school open enrollment programs allow families to easily transfer to a public school outside of their residentially assigned school districts or catchment zones.