2017-03-16 / Letters

Save District of Choice

Our local students, families and the Conejo Valley community at large would be tragically impacted if the District of Choice law sunsets this summer.

California adopted the District of Choice program in 1993 to foster healthy competition and improve student outcomes.

The law creates an opportunity for entrepreneurship and innovation in education, two critical ingredients for 21stcentury success.

The diverse educational options offered between Conejo Valley, Las Virgenes and Oak Park hallmark our community as a great place to raise a family. Educational choice makes a positive impact on home values and local employers attracting top talent. We, as one Conejo Valley, need to protect District of Choice.

According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, California’s District of Choice law currently impacts 0.2 percent of the statewide enrollment, which equates to 10,000 transfer students statewide. Funds do follow students, but home districts are not penalized.

I wholeheartedly agree with The Acorn’s position regarding a parent’s right to choose where they send their son or daughter to school. I support Jacqui Irwin’s new bill to keep District of Choice alive.

Angie Simpson
Westlake Village

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