After months of speculation, the Hope School District’s Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to stop accepting transfer students. Currently, about one-third of the popular elementary district’s 1,400 students are transfers. Mounting financial concerns led to the policy change, which aims to reduce enrollment by about 400 students, thus granting the district a coveted Basic Aid classification and the bonus state funding that entails. The move is music to the ears of administrators in Santa Barbara, as the Hope District – with its high test scores and predominantly white racial make-up – has been on the receiving end of many “white flight” student departures from Santa Barbara’s elementary district.

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