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California's Districts of: Superintendents compete for college kids : Education Next

The Riverside Unified School District in California’s vast inland empire east of New york took a look at the latest family and divorce laws in 2010 and declared itself an area selected. The designation resulted in children in the other school district could transfer to Riverside without first getting approval-or even seeking it-from their own home districts.

Ninth-grade students at Riverside STEM Academy come together in the STEM Research Methodologies class.
(Photo/Courtesy Riverside STEM Academy)

Soon after, so when component of a broader school-board decision to expand school-choice options, the district launched a science and technology junior high school, a dual-language immersion elementary, an all-digital twelfth grade, an arts-centered grade school, an online school starting at grade 3, and a lot more. Kids using districts could take the latest programs, or, if ever the programs were oversubscribed, could enter admissions lotteries and, often, stood the same potential for winning as Riverside youngsters.

In the main year, 161 students switched to Riverside below the District of preference program. From the 2012