Monday, November 08, 2004

For the wrong reasons?

This is an interesting article from the Naples News (in Florida) that suggests that many students are switching schools for reasons entirely unrelated to academics. Under NCLB, they have the right to transfer -- and have the transportation costs paid for by the district -- once their school fails two years in a row. But one parent said she transfered her child because the new school was closer. And a student said he switched because the new school had a better baseball team.

The 220 students that switched in Collier County, Florida, cost the local system $183,000. Is this isolated, or are a lot of students switching for reasons other than academic ones?

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