A renewed state law that allows parents to more freely transfer their children into certain campuses outside their home area could pit school districts against one another.
The bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Sunday night renews a 17-year-old law that allows school districts to declare themselves “school districts of choice,” which allows students to transfer freely into their campuses from outside areas.
Local school officials have criticized the law as potentially breeding unhealthy competition among districts.
“I don’t know how this will affect district collegiality,” said Joylene Wagner, a member of the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education. “The idea is to give people choice, and that’s a good thing . . . The choice initiative is designed to offer that same marketplace in education, it’s just a little wide open.”