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Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 10:57am

Hall County Explores School Choice

Hall county’s school board is forming a committee to study opening class space to students from outside the county. The decision follows county superintendent William Schofield’s recommendation at Monday night’s board meeting.

According the Schofield, so-called “universal choice” will allow students from both inside and outside the district attend any school with available classroom seats:

"As much as I am a fan of Public Schools and think that we have done incredible things to help build a melting pot in this country, for too long what we've really offered families is kind of a take it or leave it-- here's the cookie cutter approach that we have based on the chronological age. And that's really all that we have."

Out of district students would pay tuition fees and parents would be responsible for providing transportation.

The idea is that Hall county will benefit by increasing education options for parents while raising revenue.

The committee expects to deliver the study by January.