ALBION, Mich. — Looking to lure back former students, Albion Public Schools will allow them to re-enroll in the district at any time instead of waiting until semester break, The Jackson Citizen Patriot reported. The "Try Us Out" program is open to students who left Albion through schools-of-choice programs.

Superintendent Frederick Clarke said the district is confident it can offer a "product that is much better than probably when (a student) left," The Citizen Patriot reported. Unofficial numbers show the district now has about 915 students, 48 fewer than projected for 2010 and 118 less than a year ago, according to The Citizen Patriot.

The school will set up an academic support plan for transfer students within two weeks of their arrival, The Citizen Patriot reported. If the student is not successful, Albion will not prevent him or her from leaving again and will agree to transfer the state funding for that student to a different district, according to The Citizen Patriot.

SOURCE:
The Jackson Citizen Patriot, "Albion Public Schools instituting 'Try Us Out' policy in attempt to boost enrollment," Oct. 12, 2010

FURTHER READING:
Michigan Education Report, "East Grand Rapids Limits Choice Enrollment," Sept. 16, 2010

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