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Need for a policy addressed quickly

The Ennis ISD policy that covers interdistrict student transfers seems to be a fair approach to handling an issue brought up by flattering requests for a formal policy.
Previously, EISD had only a standing rule that employees of the district had the opportunity to enroll their children in local schools if they were from out of the district. Now, there’s guidelines that put EISD in a small group of area systems that has a formal policy accepting transfers.
Transferred students bring with them good things like higher student enrollments that bring more dollars to the district from the state and an increased overall population that helps fuel more growth. They also carry a burden — without the tax money that district-native students’ parents pay into the system, there is a significant shortfall in the money the district has to cover its costs of education.
Ennis, rated as a school district with high scores and good success in the past, has attracted the attention of some parents in neighboring districts because of its reputation. That is the kind of thing that employees, administrators, parents and residents of Ennis without children in the system can be quite proud of.
The $2,900 tuition that the district will require for interdistrict transfers is fair, considering the example of Corsicana ISD, which charges near that amount.
We’ve said before we’re glad the policy was put in place — it was an unaddressed loose end, and new Superintendent Barbara Qualls showed decisive action by laying down a policy quickly. Moving forward, as administrators and teachers work to improve the district’s schools, we can only hope the need for that policy is further highlighted by an increase in transfers into our area. Once the children are being educated here, it’s not a far-fetched idea to think their parents can be won over into moving into the area — and population growth could be a good thing for us.

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