Education A State Capitals Roundup

Dakotas Reach Enrollment Pact

By Kathleen Kennedy Manzo — July 26, 2005 1 min read

An agreement announced July 18 between North Dakota and South Dakota will allow students living near the border of the two states to attend the schools closest to their homes, eliminating longer bus rides for some students.

The “cross-border enrollment” policy will allow students in nearly 30 districts along the boundary between the Dakotas to apply for attendance in a district in the neighboring state. Such arrangements had required out-of-state tuition agreements, according to South Dakota Gov. Michael Rounds.

The students will be counted as part of the enrollment rolls in the state in which they attend school.