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No Child Left Behind--Choice/Transfer

Open Enrollment Is on the Menu - But Can You Order It? - Open enrollment can be limited to a student's choice of schools within district boundaries (intradistrict choice) or schools outside of the boundaries of the district (interdistrict). State policymakers decide whether schools may choose to participate or whether they are required to participate. Open enrollment is not a one-size-fits-all policy. It may be voluntary or mandatory at the state or district level, and it may allow for intradistrict or interdistrict transfer. Among other topics, this paper discusses what open enrollment looks like, why it's an option, and why states and districts offer it. (Marga Mikulecky, ECS, June 2013)...

School Choice and School Performance in the New York City Public Schools - Will the Past Be Prologue? - Much has happened to New York City public schools over the past decade: an explosion of charters, new regular public schools-many in poor neighborhoods, and passage to an all-choice system. Student outcomes improved sharply by graduation rate and on standardized state tests, due, say the authors, to choice. To further choice and competition, they recommend removing residential preferences as well as other unessential screening procedures, expanding and simplifying centralized application and admission, and taking more care to assure that economic, educational and residential advantages of students' parents aren't reflected in the quality of public school to which students are assigned. (Grover Whitehurst and Sarah Whifield, Brookings Institution, October 2013)...

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