So maybe my number on Homestead is off- again I prepped it by saying that I was just throwing out number with no backing- but you get my point. And my apologies to all the good people at Homestead.
50% of the people with usernames starting with "V" are idiots. See how random numbers just made up and thrown around aren't useful for a quality debate? They just start flaming threads that create more problems than they attempt to solve.
I think some people are over-estimating the abundance of open enrollment transfers. I remember reading something in the statutes once about how open enrollment transfers can only account for a maximum 3% of your student population. Is that still true?
I'm not going to commit to one side or the other, but I will say that I too think people are over-estimating the open enrollment effect. Now, it may be different in other parts of the state, but in the school districts I am familiar with here in the SE, it doesn't have too much of an impact. First, open enrollment students can only enter the district in one year (I think currently its at 7th grade, but it used to be 9th grade). Secondly, districts only open up so many seats in each class, in our district around 40 seats are open each class, and each class is around 300 kids. Third, Open enrollment students after they have applied are assigned a number and the spots are filled by lottery, the district does not know how many males/females they are getting, if the students are athletes or band or theater or academics. I really believe this is a key difference and why open enrollment should not be used to say that public and private schools are in the same situation. Lastly, open enrollment is a hot-topic political issue because many families within my district do not believe that students from other communities should benefit from the schools that they are paying for in taxes.
Please carefully read what I have said, I am not coming down one way or the other in the public/private debate, just trying to give perspective on open enrollment. So don't flame me.