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Change will allow Corbett schools to continue to accept out-of-district students

PMG FILE PHOTO  - The Corbett School District school board voted unanimously to change the school district into a charter school district. The Corbett School District school board voted unanimously to transform the entire district into a charter school district to allow Corbett to continue to accept out-of-district students.

Almost half the district's 1,200 students come from outside its boundaries. Corbett administration and others contended that the out-of-district students are necessary to properly fund the district. The state funding for education follows students in their public school districts.

The law that allowed students to freely transfer between districts expired and other districts had denied families permission to attend Corbett schools.

The district has publicly discussed the possibility of becoming a charter district for more than a year, and the board approved the plan its Wednesday, Nov. 20, meeting.

Charter school districts are rare in Oregon, but not unheard of, with 19 such districts in the state, including Fossil, Prospect and Cove.

Students who live in the district will automatically be admitted to Corbett schools, said Randy Trani, superintendent of the district, at an earlier board meeting.

If more students apply to go to Corbett schools than there are slots available, new students will be chosen by confidential lottery. That is common practice with charter schools.

Students from Corbett who don't want to attend Corbett schools will be given permission to attend the public school of their choice, the district said in documents.

Some Corbett parents object to the "AP for all" standard at Corbett schools, which requires high school students to take seven college-level Advanced Placement classes in order to graduate. That and some other district policies are being reviewed.

The publicly elected Corbett School Board will retain the governance of the district, set policy and control district size.

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