LAST year, the Kanawha County school system stopped allowing students from other attendance areas to transfer to high-performing George Washington High School.
GW offers about two dozen Advanced Placement courses - far more than any other high school in the county - and serious students like it for that reason.
This week, the administration reversed its position, lifting the moratorium on out-of-area transfers to the South Hills school.
It's the right thing to do.
But the decision sparked impassioned commentary from members of the Kanawha County Board of Education on the matter of equal opportunity.
"It just feels like we're trying to drive all our students to one school," said board member Robin
Rector. "And every student isn't going to have the transportation or the wherewithal to go there."
Said board member Bill Raglin: "Philosophically I believe it's the school board's responsibility to offer equity . . . ," he said. "Every school should have the things that would make that student want to stay where they are.