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Akron leads state in losses to open enrollment; Coventry in gains

By John Published: January 9, 2012

Last week I wrote a story about Akron's efforts to bring back students lost to charter schools and voucher schools.

On Saturday, the Plain Dealer had an interesting story about open enrollment and noted that Akron leads all districts in the number of students who attend other districts.

Many families in Akron are taking full advantage of the opportunity. The district loses more students and money -- about $6 million a year -- to open enrollment than any other in the state. The Coventry district, just to the south, gains the most in the state, about $4 million a year.

The loss to charter schools and vouchers is much greater, about $27 million a year, but state Sen. Tom Sawyer has proposed legislation to evaluate the whole open enrollment policy.

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