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.

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