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New NCHSAA student transfer policy should spark discussion

The N.C. High School Athletic Association’s board of directors passed a new transfer policy at its spring meeting Wednesday that is bound to be controversial.

In the past, students who transferred schools after starting their ninth grade year would have to sit out for 365 days unless there was a true change of address -- with a complete vacating of the previous address -- or it was approved by a local education agency.

Beginning this fall, students can transfer once after their ninth grade year, without penalty, if the two local education agencies agree to the move. The new rule will also apply to students transferring from a traditional public school, like Myers Park, to a charter school like Queens Grant or a parochial school like Charlotte Catholic. The charter and parochial schools can establish their own policies, however.

“The parents, you can hear it in their voice ‘I’m just trying to make the best decision for my child, but I don’t want to deny them an opportunity to participate in high school athletics,’” Rodney Shotwell, NCHSAA board of directors president and Rockingham County Schools superintendent told the Raleigh News & Observer. “When that policy was put in place a few years ago, we didn’t know the unintended consequences that came along with that.”

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