ERIC Number: ED349637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Open Enrollment within Texas' Public School Districts. From the State Board of Education. Submitted to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and the Seventy-Second Texas Legislature, 1989-1990.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Open enrollment is a subject of policy debate among educators and policy makers both at the national and state levels. Open enrollment is defined as the notion of enabling parents and students to choose among school sites and districts, without regard to place of residence. Proponents claim that open enrollment will enhance racial integration, improve student achievement, empower parents and stimulate parental involvement, foster healthy competition among schools, enhance professionalism of educators, incur little additional cost, and improve accountability. The 71st Texas Legislature directed the State Board of Education to appoint a committee composed of legislators, educators, and private citizens to study the advisability and feasibility of open enrollment within school districts. This report presents a brief outline of the characteristics of intradistrict open enrollment, initiatives and desired outcomes associated with such policies, the constraints and issues to be addressed in designing and implementing an intradistrict open enrollment policy, and the current status of intradistrict open enrollment in Texas. Appended are demographic profiles of Texas districts with multiple campuses and selected districts of other states and excerpts from the statutes and regulations of Senate Bill 417. (Contains 60 references.) (RR)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.