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No surprise school districts rethinking student transfers

Masterson AP

Senate Ways and Means Committee chairman Ty Masterson, R-Andover, proposed a bill to prevent a school district from blocking current students who don’t live in that district from continuing to attend the district, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. “We never contemplated the possibility that a district might – because legally they could – refuse all those out-of-district kids,” Masterson said. No district appears ready to do that, though some districts plan to block new out-of-district students (which Masterson supports). It’s not surprising that district are reconsidering their transfer policies, given that the block grant bill recently signed into law won’t provide additional funding for enrollment growth. The reason Masterson and other GOP leaders never considered this possibility is because they steamrolled the new law through the Legislature without adequate vetting. – Phillip Brownlee