INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House voted 97-0 Tuesday to allow public schools that no longer accept nonresident transfer students to admit siblings of transfer students previously enrolled in the school corporation.
Nearly one-fourth of school corporations stopped accepting students who live outside their boundaries last year. State Rep. Mike Karickhoff, R-Kokomo, sponsor of House Bill 1079, said the change will enable parents to keep all their children in the same school.
In addition, the measure requires school corporations choosing to admit siblings to also admit students who attended a private school in district boundaries, even if their residence is elsewhere.
State Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, a cosponsor of the legislation, said that will allow classmates from religious elementary schools to stay together if they attend the public high school.
The measure, which now goes to the Senate, also was cosponsored by state Reps. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, and Hal Slager, R-Schererville.