20-HB2869/SB2180 – Coley/Nicely

Bill Description

Present law authorizes local boards of education to:
(1) Admit pupils from outside their LEA; and
(2) Arrange for the transfer of pupils residing within their LEA to schools located outside their districts; and
(3) Enter into agreements with other local boards of education for the admission or transfer of pupils from one LEA to another.
The receipt of a student from outside the LEA is discretionary under present law.
This bill makes the provisions described in (1)-(3) mandatory if the receiving LEA has space at the building, grade, class, and program level.

TLRC Position

Strongly support but not scoring; crediting the sponsors for leadership

TLRC Observed Process

Made it to the floor in the senate but failed: Voting aye were: Bailey, Bowling, Crowe, Johnson, Niceley, Pody, Powers, Reeves, Southerland, Swann, Watson, White, Yager, Mr. Speaker McNally — 14.
Voting no were: Akbari, Briggs, Dickerson, Gardenhire, Gilmore, Gresham, Haile, Hensley, Jackson, Kyle, Lundberg, Massey, Robinson, Rose, Stevens, Yarbro –

So it was not taken up in the house.
This is just one step toward choice for parents and students; it needs to be taken.

Vote Result: Committee Only

Score: +5

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