REQUIRE STUDENTS TO DISCLOSE WHY THEY CHOOSE TO GO TO A SCHOOL OUTSIDE THEIR CITY OR TOWN (H 704)

By Bob Katzen
Bill:(H 704) – Under current law, students can request, under the inter-district school choice program, that they be allowed to attend a school outside of where they live. Participation in the program is limited to 2 percent of all public school students enrolled. Each district decides whether it will participate in this program. For the 2021-2022 school year, 170 or 53 percent of Massachusetts’ total districts chose to participate in the program. Tuition is paid by the sending district to the receiving district.

The bill would require these students and their parents or guardians to meet with the school’s administrators to discuss the reasons for wanting to leave the district.

Supporters say this does not alter the program but simply adds another reasonable requirement for students applying to attend a school outside their district.

Sponsor Rep. Todd Smola did not respond to repeated attempts by Beacon Hill Roll Call asking him to comment on his bill and its defeat.

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