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Oceanside Clamps Down On District Transfers

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Aired 12/9/09

The Oceanside Unified School Board approved a policy Tuesday that clamps down on students who want to transfer to schools in other districts.

— The Oceanside Unified School Board approved a policy Tuesday that clamps down on students who want to transfer to schools in other districts.

Oceanside's policy is designed to help the district keep its share of state education dollars in the face of budget cuts. Public school districts get most of their funding based on student attendance. Officials say this year roughly 700 students transferred out of the district.

The policy change means parents won't have the freedom to pull their kids out of an Oceanside school and enroll them in a neighboring public school district.

Oceanside Unified's Randi Gibson said not every parent will be denied.

“We do look at the cases on an individual basis depending on what the needs are,” Gibson said. “Right now, we have not established clearly what those administrative regulations will be. That will be something we will be doing and completing in the first couple weeks in January.”

Gibson says students who already transferred yet still live in Oceanside will most likely stay at their current school.

Oceanside is one of the last districts in San Diego's North County to adopt such a policy. Vista, San Marcos and Fallbrook all restrict district transfers. The policy change comes at the same time Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to give parents the freedom to send their kids to any school in the state.

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