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


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