Anaheim Union denying hundreds of school transfer requests, sparking tears and appeals – Orange County Register

Anaheim Union High School District, facing decreasing enrollment, is tightening its grip on students hoping to leave for other districts, denying more than 450 such requests this year, a trend that county education officials said might push other districts to impose tighter transfer rules.

Anaheim Union changed its inter-district transfer policy in February, shrinking the period when students can apply for transfers from about six months to five weeks. That change has reduced the number of transfer requests, but it’s also led to a spike in the number of appeals being heard by the Orange County Board of Education — appeals that are often emotional and highly charged, with parents and students sometimes describing the new transfer rules as unfair.

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