- In 2010, 161 students moved to RUSD.
- In 2012-2013, 395 additional students moved to RUSD.
- In 2013-2014, 535 new students transferred to RUSD.
As reported by Education Next, students have flocked to RUSD. DOC was designed to encourage competition among school districts, allowing them to offer unique programs that could better fit each child's needs. The idea was that schools would improve their own programs and develop new ones to retain and attract students.
What makes RUSD so attractive? It boasts a new science and technology middle school, a dual-language immersion elementary school, and an all-digital high school. RUSD also boasts an arts-centered grade school and a virtual school for third graders and above.
DOCs in California are not required to notify the state that they have become DOCs, so the state doesn't officially track them. However, a principal in the Oak Park Unified School District, Jon Duim, tracked the numbers as part of his 2013 dissertation at the University of Southern California. His findings:
- 31 districts participate in Districts of Choice.
- Those districts had higher scores on California's Academic Performance Index than the state overall, scoring 833 compared to 788.
Duim's study adds evidence--not conclusive evidence or "proof"--to support the argument that being "pro-choice"--when it comes to public schooling--benefits students. Yet, most states erect barriers (e.g., requiring district approval for interdistrict transfers) and that approval has been increasingly difficult to secure. Some school districts, facing tight budgets and enrollment losses, are reluctant to approve transfers. Why? The $$$s follow the students.
For anyone who wants true authentic reform--real hope and change not the hopium and changium that's promised by those whose lives are dependent by preserving the public school establishment--that's exactly what should be happening nationally...for in the best interests of the students and the nation.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Education Next article, click on the following link:
"California's Districts of Choice."