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Unifying Enrollment
March 9, 2017

How Bad Timing and Poisonous Politics Killed a $700,000 Effort to Streamline School Enrollment in Detroit

By: Erin Einhorn, Chalkbeat, February 16, 2017


Regardless of countless hours and over $700,000 that went into creating a single application for district and charter schools in Detroit, the movement has been put on hold indefinitely. In common enrollment cities like Denver, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans, parents no longer need to fill out multiple applications for the various district or charter schools. Instead, parents are able to fill out one application and can select which schools they would like to apply to. Simplifying the process makes it more equitable and empowers parents to take advantage of their choice options.

Like most initiatives, the movement towards common enrollment in Detroit was met with some opposition, as some featured that this system would make it easier for families to choose charter schools, thus hurting traditional district schools. Although Enroll Detroit has been put on hold, should charter and district leaders decide to move forward with common enrollment, the system still remains in place and can be used.

Read the whole article on Chalkbeat.

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