Law alters how Indiana schools accept transfers

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Indiana public schools can no longer be as picky about which students it will and won't admit.

The South Bend Tribune reports a new law prohibits districts from using criteria, such as a student's past academic performance, standardized test scores and attendance history, to determine which transfer students it will accept.

State Rep. Mike Karickhoff, a Kokomo Republican, says he authored the law after seeing Marion Community Schools were losing high-performing students to suburban schools. With some minor exceptions, the only reason a school district with open enrollment can deny an out-of-district student's request to transfer under the new law is lack of space.

Karickhoff says the goal is for parents and students to be choosing schools, not schools choosing students.

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