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Transfer debate isn't going away

September 17, 2013|By Eric Sondheimer

 It's the second year of a revised CIF state transfer rule that reduced the penalty for transferring without moving from one year to about one month, and there's still debate about whether things are better or worse.

CIF Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod, who has been a strong supporter of the rule, met with reporters earlier this month to discuss lots of issues, and one of them was transfers.

There were close to 15,000 transfers statewide last school year. Wigod makes it clear the new CIF rule was never designed to deter or reduce transfers but to manage them.

"The only way to reduce the number of transfers is to make a rule so restrictive that people wouldn't be as willing to transfer schools," he said. "That doesn't mean we're throwing the flood gates open and letting people go where they want, but there are other pressures involved."

Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

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