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Taking The Edge Off Florida’s New Open-enrollment Rule

At first blush, Florida’s new open-enrollment policy for public schools looks like an upending of the concept of “local” schools. Starting next year, schools with extra room must admit any student who wants to attend, no matter where they live.

The ability to seek out other schools isn’t new, of course. For decades, students have been able to attend public schools outside their assigned attendance zone, either by applying to magnet (or “choice”) programs elsewhere or asking the school district for permission to transfer for personal reasons.