Even if a district has pursued the ideas and implemented the strategies described above, it should not assume that it has created either an effective parent notice or an effective means of getting it into the hands of parents of eligible students. Rather, districts should check their policies against the opinions of parents to ensure they contribute to the desired result. Districts should solicit regular and ongoing feedback from parents about public school choice and SES notices, and consider establishing formal channels for this purpose. For instance, districts could consider organizing parent focus groups to obtain responses and reactions to the notices, or convening regular meetings with advisory groups composed of parent and community leaders to discuss ways to improve notification efforts.
Last Modified: 08/18/2008