The Learning Community is making it easier for parents to apply for open-enrollment transfers.
Parents can now submit an application online to transfer a child to a school in another Learning Community school district.
The enrollment period for the 2013-14 school year opened Wednesday. The application deadline is March 15.
Parents no longer need to run to the post office or school district offices to submit a paper application, said spokeswoman Loretta Carroll.
Open enrollment transfers are one of the tools state lawmakers put in place to try to raise academic achievement for disadvantaged youths in metro Omaha.
Any student in the 11 Learning Community districts may apply for transfer to any other public school. There must be room at the school. Lawmakers’ goal is to mix poor and more affluent kids in each school until the demographic balance matches the overall metro area.
Applications are prioritized. First preference goes to siblings of students already enrolled and continuing at a school. Second preference goes to students who help achieve the socioeconomic target.
About 3,600 applications are submitted each year, and 80 percent are approved, according to the Learning Community.
To apply or for more information visit www.learningcommunityds.org.