Will present report to Kentucky Board of Education
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2017) — Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner is expected to present a report to the Kentucky Board of Education proposing open enrollment in Kentucky schools, as long as there are open seats in other districts, multiple news outlets are reporting.
WDRB in Louisville reports that Heiner says in the report: “Even with the best of intentions, students’ needs and career aspirations are so diverse today that no school district can ever be expected to meet each demand. Putting students in the position of not being able to pursue their area of interest or career pathway because their aspirations do not align with the programs available in their home districts is not in the best interest of the student or our commonwealth.”
Heiner, who said other states have open enrollment, said not allowing Kentucky students to enroll in other schools means they might miss out on innovative programs.
“Students in one Kentucky school district should never be prohibited from benefiting from innovative programs in neighboring districts, especially when parents are willing to provide transportation and an open seat is available,” Heiner says in his report. “Providing students access to an expanded array of specialized academic and career programs is great for the student and a major step forward for the future of our commonwealth.”