Open enrollment
EDUCATION – Amends existing law to revise provisions regarding the enrollment and transfer of pupils.

RS30462 / S1125

This bill proposes to update Idaho code on "Open Enrollment" so that families can more easily send their children to the public school that works best for them. This is the first comprehensive update to the law in 30 years. Current law allows local school districts to opt out of Open Enrollment altogether, allows districts to charge parents tuition when their child enrolls from other districts, and does not provide parents flexibility. Many school districts have modern Open Enrollment policies reflective of the new era of student mobility, simple transfer of data and up-to-date reporting. However, the law has not kept up with current practices and is outdated. This bill modernizes the law to reflect best practices around the state and give parents more choice.

There is no impact to the general fund. Local school districts are able to transfer funds or get state support as needed to account for student movement. This bill does not change that.

Bill Events
Date Description
02/27 Introduced; read first time; referred to JR for Printing
02/28 Reported Printed; referred to Education
03/02 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
03/03 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
03/08 Read third time in full – PASSED - 35-0-0
AYES – Adams, Anthon, Bernt, Bjerke, Burtenshaw, Cook, Den Hartog, Dunn(Carlson), Foreman, Grow, Guthrie, Harris, Hart, Hartgen, Herndon, Just, Lakey, Lee, Lenney, Lent, Nichols, Okuniewicz, Rabe, Ricks, Ruchti, Schroeder, Semmelroth, Taylor, Toews, Trakel, VanOrden, Ward-Engelking, Winder, Wintrow, Zuiderveld
NAYS – None
Absent and excused – None
Floor Sponsor - Den Hartog
Title apvd - to House
03/13 Received from the Senate, Filed for First Reading
Read First Time, Referred to Education
03/17 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation, Filed for Second Reading
03/20 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
03/21 Read Third Time in Full – PASSED - 63-5-2
AYES – Andrus, Barbieri, Blanksma, Boyle, Bundy, Burns, Cannon, Cheatum, Chew, Clow, Cornilles, Crane(12), Crane(13), Dixon(1), Dixon(24), Durrant, Ehardt, Ehlers, Erickson, Furniss, Gallagher, Garner, Green, Handy, Hawkins, Healey, Hill, Holtzclaw, Horman, Kingsley, Lambert, Lanting, Manwaring, Mathias, McCann, Mendive, Mickelsen, Miller, Mitchell, Monks, Nelsen, Palmer, Petzke, Pickett, Price, Raybould, Raymond, Redman, Roberts, Rubel, Sauter, Scott, Shepherd, Skaug, Tanner, Vander Woude, Weber, Wheeler, Wisniewski, Wroten, Yamamoto, Young, Mr. Speaker
NAYS – Berch, Galaviz, Gannon, Nash, Necochea
Absent – Alfieri, Allgood
Floor Sponsor - Horman
Title apvd - to Senate
03/22 Returned From House Passed; referred to enrolling
Reported enrolled; signed by President; to House for signature of Speaker
03/23 Received from Senate; Signed by Speaker; Returned to Senate
Reported signed by the Speaker & ordered delivered to Governor
03/24 Reported delivered to Governor at 8:25 a.m. on 03/24/23
03/28 Signed by Governor on 03/27/23
Session Law Chapter 156
Effective: 07/01/2023