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  • Summary date: Apr 20 2023 - View Summary

    Creates new GS 115C-366.5 (Open enrollment), which outlines a procedure for a parent or guardian of a student to request that the student be enrolled in a different local school than the one the student would be assigned to based on domicile under GS 115C-366. Requires each local board of education to adopt an open enrollment plan and outlines required provisions. Allows a student that is enrolled in a school under the process created by the section to remain enrolled without reapplying in subsequent years. 

    Requires local school administrative units to determine and publish on their websites their capacity to enroll students at each grade level under this section, and requires a wait list if no capacity is available. Clarifies that the new section does not require a local board of education to establish or offer any particular program at a school if it is not currently offered, or alter or waive any established eligibility criteria for participation at particular schools. 

    Establishes a procedure where a local school administrative unit may deny enrollment for a student under the section, and outlines acceptable reasons for denial. Also provides the denied student with an appeal process. Requires the State Board of Education to adopt rules establishing the appeals process for a denied student. 

    Effective when the act becomes law and applies beginning with the registration period for the 2024-25 school year.