Board of Education rejects request to include Open Choice in school budget | #Education

DARIEN — Though the budget cycle has just begun, one measure that dominated last year’s discussions will be noticeably absent after Darien’s Board of Education unanimously rejected implementing Open Choice in the next school year.

Introduced last year, the Open Choice program would have welcomed up to 16 kindergartners from Norwalk into the Darien school district. Applicants to the program are often from underserved racial and economic backgrounds, according to state officials.

Despite the strong support from Superintendent Alan Addley, the board ultimately voted against the program in February.

Addley asked the board to revisit Open Choice during its Nov. 11 meeting, which marked the beginning of budget discussions for the 2023-24 school year.
“The last discussion we had was at the budget process last year, where there was the opportunity to discuss the program and also potentially look at it in a different year,” Addley said. “I think it’s good for our kids, and also helps some of the other children.”

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