Some students at schools in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn school districts have the opportunity to request school transfers after their current schools failed No Child Left Behind requirements for the past two years. Families in schools that receive federal Title I funds are eligible.
According to the District 41 website, Churchill elementary school failed to make adequate yearly progress, and Churchill families may choose to send their children to Benjamin Franklin School, the only district school that did make AYP. Parents have until Aug. 26 to request a transfer. In District 200, the failing schools are Johnson, Hawthorne and Washington elementary schools. As of Tuesday, 15 D200 students and eight D41 students have requested transfers from those schools.
Faith Dalquist, D200 assistant superintendent of educational services, told The Chicago Tribune that transportation costs for transferred students cost the District an extra $18,000 last year. “"That's $18,000 less money that we have to spend on materials and professional development," she told the paper.
None of the four high schools in District 87 are meeting the required test scores either, the paper said—only eight high schools districts in the state are—but no neighboring districts have expressed willingness to take on new students, so no transfers are available.