In April, Governor Rick Scott signed a law that allows students in one county to attend school in a different county. This is not a good idea because it could potentially have a negative impact on the school.
While some people see it as a good thing because it is beneficial for athletes, there are going to be negative impacts that may outweigh the good. One of the main concerns is from the teachers because it will affect their salaries. It is also concerning to the schools because it could affect their scores. Another bad thing about this law is it hurts schools that lose students by affecting their scores. In an article from the Orlando Sentinel, the author says that it may “dilute the value of local schools taxes and disrupt school districts’ efforts to plan for projected growth.”
There are stipulations to this law though. One stipulation is that the school can have a max of 90% capacity before it can accept out of district students. This eliminates some of the popular schools like Park Vista High School, Don Estridge Middle School and Calusa Elementary School from being eligible. Another stipulation is that the parent must provide transportation, the students are not allowed to ride the bus.
While this can have a negative impact, it is still enticing to athletes. A mom, named Juyle Pierre Louis, in an interview with WPTV said that, “I’ve always taught them, you have to get the grades.”
Meanwhile her son Joshua has his eye set on playing high school football. He said in the same interview, “Some schools, they do have better coaches than others.” All the people can do now is wait and see how it is going to work in the next school year and how it impacts the schools.