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Who’s For, Against Letting Students Transfer To Better Schools

By Alexander Russo — July 26, 2007 1 min read
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Jonathan Kozol is for it. The USA Today editorial page is for it. But not -- why am I surprised? -- the National School Boards Association. In a pro/con debate on student transfers from yesterday, the paper comes out saying that there should be more city-suburb transfer programs like the ones in St. Louis (Let urban kids transfer out) -- and that NCLB’s weak transfer provision should be beefed up to create more real opportunities. But NSBA president Norm Wooten says no -- transferring out is not popular with families and wastes school funds (here). Funny thing is, NSBA represents mostly districts that would be receiving students --and money--for transfers. Maybe they think this is a stalking horse for plans to abolish district boundaries entirely.

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