Oregon Public Broadcasting

Hundreds of Oregon students intend to change school districts, under the state's new "open enrollment" law.

The new Oregon law means districts can no longer stop students from transferring elsewhere, but it doesn't force districts to let kids in.

Portland Public decided against opening up under the new law. It's learned 108 students intend to leave.

David Douglas School District spokesman Dan McCue says losses like those were one reason his district opened up.

McCue said, "If we didn't, we couldn't take students, but we couldn't say "no" to students leaving, and so our enrollment could do nothing but drop. And declining enrollment means declining revenue, and so that was a concern."

David Douglas saw a net gain of 35 students.

Corbett boosted its enrollment by 138 students through the new open process. Corbett's neighbor, Reynolds, anticipates a net-loss of 95.

In some places, there was little impact.

Numbers could change, depending on what families actually do.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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