Senate Bill 0491
DIGEST OF SB491 (Updated February 24, 2009 5:27 pm - DI 84)
Public school transfers. Establishes a public school transfer program that allows the parent of a student to request a transfer for the student to enroll in: (1) a different public school in the student's base school corporation; or (2) a public school in a different school corporation. Provides that a student transfer may only be denied in cases when the department finds that: (1) allowing the student to enroll would violate a court order; (2) the transferee school is at or near capacity for the applicable school year or in the near future; (3) the student wishes to enroll in the transferee school primarily for athletic reasons; (4) the student is suspended or expelled or is subject to a hearing on a pending suspension or expulsion; or (5) the student was granted a transfer in the immediately preceding two years. Allows a student who has legal settlement in one school corporation and whose parent owns property for which the parent pays property tax in another school corporation to attend school in the latter school corporation without transfer tuition being charged. Requires a school corporation to provide notice to parents concerning the publication of the school corporation's annual performance report and concerning the right of students to transfer out of schools that fail to perform adequately. Makes related changes.
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