OPEN ENROLLMENT (HB 3681)
ODE recently provided the following guidance regarding open enrollment to school districts:
Open Enrollment, enacted by the Oregon Legislature in 2011, created an additional option for students wishing to transfer between districts. The open enrollment statute contains a sunset provision, meaning it is no longer law, effective July 1, 2019.
What this means for districts and students:
- 2018-19 was the last school year for students to transfer under this law.
- Any student who transferred to a new district through open enrollment prior to the 2019-20 school year gets to stay in that district. The open enrollment statute contains language specifically stating that the sunset does not affect the status of a person who transferred via open enrollment prior to the 2019-20 school year.
- Because 2018-19 was the last year for transfer, districts should not go through the open enrollment procedure in the spring of 2019 and cannot enroll students through open enrollment in 2019-20.
The Legislature may choose to extend the sunset during the 2019 legislative session. However, until the Legislature takes action, the sunset is still in effect and districts may not enroll new students through open enrollment.