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Hamilton County student transfer program in jeopardy

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (Times Free Press) -- Schools Superintendent Rick Smith wants to eliminate transfers that for a decade have allowed students to leave struggling schools for a chance at a better education elsewhere.

The change is made possible by a waiver granted to the state from the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Smith said the action could take effect as early as next year if approved by the Hamilton County Board of Education, though he emphasized that the transfers would not end abruptly.

Locally, some saw the school choice provision as a safeguard for educational equality and opportunity by giving students in the inner city a chance to attend what they perceived as better suburban schools.

Read more about this story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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