Open enrollment should be part of Michigan’s education reforms

In Politics by Michael Rae

During Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent State of the State Address, she proposed making “bold investments” in K-12 education to ensure every child gets a great public education. The governor’s just-released budget plan calls for a nine percent increase in state school aid spending, Bridge Michigan reports. One cost-effective way to help every student is to improve Michigan’s outdated open enrollment policy.

Open enrollment lets students transfer to public schools outside their residentially assigned catchment zone or school district if they have available seats. Michigan uses these catchment zones and school district boundaries to sort students into public school classrooms, but these lines