Nearly 300 parents request public vouchers in Pinellas
Through Monday's deadline, the Pinellas school district received about 290 requests for public school transfers through the Opportunity Scholarship voucher program, according to district spokeswoman Andrea Zahn. That's only about 5 percent of the roughly 5,700 families who were eligible for the program, which the Legislature expanded this year to a broader base of struggling schools, but it's a higher percentage than usually requests transfers under similar No Child Left Behind rules and a much bigger percentage than opted in up in Pasco.
Six Pinellas schools had to offer the transfers. Most of the requests - about 170 - involved the two middle schools, Azalea and Pinellas Park. Another 89 involved the two high schools, Gibbs and Dixie, and 31 involved the two elementary schools, Fairmount Park and Sandy Lane.
Some requests are still being processed, so the numbers are preliminary, Zahn said. No school-by-school breakdown was available yet. Student assignment director Dee Burns said more information will be available Monday.