Posted: 8:15 pm Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Palm Beach County will no longer allow No Child Left Behind transfers 

By Jeff Greer

In a move that will surely impact high school sports, Palm Beach County confirmed Tuesday that it would no longer allow No Child Left Behind transfers.

NCLB, a law that allowed students to move schools if their home-boundary school was underperforming, was passed in 2001 and was the source of constant national debate. Palm Beach County cited soaring transportation costs and under-capacity low-performing schools as the main reasons for canceling the law.

Students who already transferred to a new school through NCLB will not be affected, officials said.

The move is significant in sports because it was one of the many ways students can improve their athletic standing in Palm Beach County, using NCLB as an excuse to transfer to better-performing schools with stronger athletic programs. An exhaustive 2011 Post investigation found that the law, in addition to school choice and other transfer options, may have been abused by student-athletes looking for Division I scholarships.

Click here for Jason Schultz’s complete story on the school district’s policy change.