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DCSS to implement school transfer rules

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A new state law takes effect in a week that lets parents pick their children's schools.

The Dougherty County School System plans to inform parents of the change by July first and give them 15 days to request a change.

School zones previously prevented parents from picking what school they wanted their children to attend.

Campuses must admit all students if there is room for them.

The superintendent says the new rule comes with some hassles.

"What was a problem for us is moving multiple times mid year, but we will get a handle on this. We will provide a list of the schools by grade level where we have capacity," said Dr. Sally Whatley, Dougherty Schools Superintendent.

There will be more freedom of choice, but there are still some restrictions.

If you choose a school outside your normal zone, you'll have to provide transportation.

The Dougherty County system already has some flexibility at all four high schools with honors and magnet programs.

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