The debate about the merits of public vs. private education is nothing new, but the “open enrollment” policy that went into effect earlier this year opens up even more choices in Oregon.
Under the new law, public school districts must allow students to transfer out, but they have a choice about whether or not to let new students in. Smaller districts such as West Linn-Wilsonville have chosen to open up slots to transfer students, while larger districts like Beaverton are sitting out the open enrollment process this year. Portland Public Schools will decide this week whether to participate.
Are you a parent? How did you choose a school for your child? What factors do you weigh when making this kind of decision? Did you attend public or private school? How does your experience inform the choices you make for your kids?
- Erika Wolfe Burr: Parent of a 9th grader at De La Salle North Catholic High School
- Matt Shelby: Public Information Officer for Portland Public Schools
- Mark Siegel: Executive director of the Oregon Federation of Independent Schools and assistant headmaster of Delphian School
- Lori Detena: Parent of a 9th grader at Grant High School