LAUSD to review, and maybe deny, thousands of student transfers

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A student on his way to school walks past a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school, in Los Angeles, California on February 13, 2009.

The Los Angeles Unified School District is changing a long-standing policy that allowed 12,000 L.A. students attend schools outside the district.

The move could save the district $51 million, but it’s also angered L.A. parents who say they have good reason to put their children in other school districts.

L.A. Unified Assistant Superintendent Rene Gonzalez said L.A. Unified’s new policy isn’t hard-and-fast.

"We recognize that there are some situations in which parents have enrolled their children in unique or specialized programs that we don’t offer currently in the district," said Gonzalez.

"And we are going to take a look at those and where it seems appropriate, we will also grant those permits."

Parents who work for other school districts will get transfer permits, said Gonzalez.

But Gonzalez, who spoke with KPCC’s Larry Mantle, said parents can go to the L.A. County Department of Education and appeal a transfer denial.

"When they receive a notice from us that we are not approving the permit, they can go onto the LACOE Web site and download the appeal application," said Gonzalez.

He said the Los Angeles County Board of Education will review those appeals.

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