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    Organization: Georgia Association of Educators     Date: 6/21/2018


  Bill would allow Georgia parents to pick public schools  

(Thursday,02/08/2018 ©  WMAZ - (CBS) Macon)

ATLANTA A billwould allow public school students to change attendance zones without moving the family to a new home.

Children are mostly assigned to public schools based on where they live. And if they want to attend a different school they cant, unless they can show theyve changed addresses.Rep.Valencia Stovall(D-Forest Park) is sponsoring a bill that could change that essential formula.

It allows students to change school zones if an individual has authorized use (of their) address for purposes of establishing residency.It means a child in DeKalb Countys Lakeside High School zone could cross over to Tucker High School if a Tucker High School resident OKs it.Or the student could change from one county to another.

Some education groups are very wary of the measure, saying it could overcrowd desirable schools and drain students from underperforming schools.

There could be a shift, an unbalanced shift, in which schools have more students, and then (affect) the ability to run those schools and teach in those schools. Thats certainly a concern that we would have, said Starla Tanner of the Georgia Association of Educators, a teachers group.

Yes it would. Im sure its going to cause increasing enrollment, Stovall said. But that wouldnt be any different than someone moving to a district, and a school having to accommodate them anyway.

The bill could also allow high school athletes to shift into more prestigious schools.Stovall says her bill would stop making criminals of parents who are now skirting these rules already.

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