By the fall of 2017 a Palm Beach County student could choose go to school Orlando, but the student won’t be taking a school bus there.
That’s one of the stipulations attached to the School Choice bill Gov. Rick Scott signed off on yesterday.
School Choice allows any student to attend any school in the state that has space available but it’s up to parents and students to get to class.
It will take hold 2017-2018 school year but starting this July the measure will give high school athletes immediate eligibility when transferring schools.
Critics say School Choice could jeopardize construction and improvement projects for schools and dilute the value of local school taxes.
Over the next year, school districts will have to figure out which schools have room and put that information online. Once the available spots are made public, students and parents will be able to peruse the options before their picks go to a lottery.
Satisfied students can always stick to their assigned school.