Effects of open enrollment play out in mid-valley

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- At $6,000 per student, the stakes for Oregon's new open enrollment are high.

That may benefit large school districts like Eugene, but it could come at the expense of smaller districts like neighboring Springfield.

New rules allow students to transfer without their home district's permission.

A Eugene Register-Guard review (http://bit.ly/JhrCX8) of the application request figures shows Springfield losing 101 students and only gaining 33.

Eugene, conversely, would lose 51 students but gain 214 new ones.

District administrators say the initial count is tentative because some parents applied to more than one district.

Students may decide to stay in their home district if they don't get into the specific school that prompted them to apply.

Districts must let parents know whether their students have been accepted by May 1.