PORTLAND, Ore. — There are some big changes coming for transfers within Portland Public Schools, as the board voted to do away with neighborhood-to-neighborhood student transfers Tuesday night.

The school board voted 4-1 to pass a transfer measure that would stop the current neighborhood-to-neighborhood student transfer system, which approved transfer requests based on a numbered lottery.

Their suggestion to replace it?

A system that lets parents petition the district for a transfer if they are unhappy with their neighborhood school.

The changes will also put low-income and Head Start students as forerunners for the focus schools.

The district says these policy changes do not affect sibling priority, which was in place with the current lottery system.

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