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Friday, 12th July 2013

Open Enrollment is on the Menu—But Can You Order It?

Source: Education Commission of the States

Introduction - What is school choice?:

States and school districts increasingly have provided a varied menu of education options to address concerns about achievement, equity, quality, or simply the “fit” of a child’s interests or needs. School choice options include magnet schools, tuition vouchers, charter schools, homeschooling, alternative programs, and open enrollment, among others. The goal of each of these school choice options is to provide parents and students—even communities—with additional public education choices to meet their needs and increase the quality of all schools involved.

This paper concentrates on one aspect of school choice—open enrollment—which provides students with a choice among district schools—not charters or private institutions. Open enrollment can offer students a choice of schools within district boundaries (intradistrict choice) or can be expanded to schools outside the boundaries of the district (interdistrict). State policy determines whether schools and districts may choose to participate or whether they are required to do so.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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