Iowa City schools lose students to other districts

Published On: Dec 10 2012 10:14:48 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 10 2012 10:14:14 AM CST
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -

Iowa City official are troubled by the loss of students to other school districts.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that a record 445 children who live within the district opted through the state's open-enrollment rules to attend school elsewhere this school year. That's a net loss of 325 students because 120 students from other districts are attending Iowa City district schools.

The deficit troubles district officials, in part because it costs the district money. Officials say the district must pay the other districts for educating those transfer students. That added up to nearly $1.9 million this year.

The Iowa City district surveys parents to learn their reasons for the transfers, and a majority of those who responded simply said the other schools are better.