Open enrollment can help California’s public schools attract students

In Politics by Michael Rae

A school choice bill that would’ve provided education savings accounts to students recently died in the state legislature, but California still has a path to improve school choice for parents and students in ways that parents, schools, and public school supporters should embrace.

Most students are assigned to public schools based on where they live, even if other schools are a better fit. Residential school assignment is unfair. Since better schools are often in more expensive neighborhoods, students whose families can’t afford higher housing costs are blocked from the schools in those areas.

K-12 open enrollment weakens residential assignment, letting students enroll