Group pushes to end out-of-district transfers in Eanes ISD

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A group in the Eanes Independent School District wants the district to end out-of-district transfers before voters approve any bonds.

The conservative group headed by two former Eanes ISD board presidents says the district loses $1,400 for each student that transfers from another district. With 400 students who live out of the district, the transfers cost the Eanes ISD about $560,000 a year, the group said.

“And because they don’t pay anything to attend our schools, they get a free ride on the back of Eanes taxpayers,” said Al Cowen for Citizens for Academic Excellence in Eanes.

Eanes ISD wants voters to approve a $90 million bond.

In a statement from the district on Thursday, Eanes officials say transfer students only fill empty seats in classrooms. They also say transfer students bring in more than $3 million the district would not otherwise have. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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