According to a recent Sun Sentinel article, parents will soon be able to send their children to any public school in the state of Florida regardless of where they live. Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that would allow children in Delray Beach or Fort Lauderdale to attend a school in Boca Raton and vice versa. Broward County schools have already been allowing students from other counties, and this new law simply makes it state wide. Apparently, Palm Beach County and other Florida county schools will start allowing students from other counties starting in 2017.
I think this is great for several reasons.
- It’s great to give parents a choice to provide the best education possible for their children no matter where they live.
- One of the caveats of the new law is that in order for a student to transfer from a Deerfield Beach school to a Boca Raton school, there must be an open spot in the classroom at the Boca Raton school. Therefore, there shouldn’t be any over crowded A rated schools and empty lower rated schools.
- If you live in an A rated school zone, this new law could have a positive impact on the value of your home. My guess is that initially parents would deal with the commute in the short run, and then consider moving closer to their child’s new school in the near future.
Boca Raton Neighborhoods such as Palm Beach Farms, Camino Gardens, Carriage Hill, Boca Raton Square, Old Floresta, and Camino Lakes should benefit from this leing being that they are very close to the A rated Addison Mizner and Boca Raton High Schools.
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