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New education "open enrollment" bill to be heard by state oversight committee Monday

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RALEIGH, N.C. - A new proposal could allow your students to go to any public school in the state will be heard by the state Joint Program Evaluation Oversight Committee Monday. 

Referred to as "open enrollment", the plan would allow a parent to request a district to let their student into a school anywhere.

It only gives districts a limited way out to reject the request like lack of space.

Parents would have to provide transportation but would not have to pay tuition if the request is approved.

9 On your Side reached out to school districts in the east.

Lenoir County School spokesman Patrick Holmes says he’s waiting to learn more before commenting about how they’d manage with the proposal.

Brock Letchworth with Pitt County Schools said “We are still in the process of examining the proposal and trying to get answers to some of our questions such as how our recent unitary status ruling and pending appeal might affect us and our requirement to adhere to the legislation if the bill is passed. I will be willing to comment at some point, but not just yet. We just don't have enough clarity.”

No word yet if it will be up for a vote today, but if approved lawmakers could take up the bill later this month.

The plan won subcommittee approval last week.

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