Giving Parents Options: Strategies for Informing Parents and Implementing Public School Choice And Supplemental Educational Services Under No Child Left Behind
September 2007

This publication provides school districts and States with ideas and strategies for reaching parents and implementing the public school choice and SES provisions of No Child Left Behind.

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Table of Contents

1.  Title Page
2.  Foreword
3.  Introduction
Contents of This Handbook
4.  Reaching and Informing Parents
The Parent Notice: Ensuring Effectiveness
Ensuring informative content
Ensuring readability
Informing without overwhelming
Ensuring that the notice reaches its target
Double-checking: Getting feedback from parents
Support from the SEA
A Letter Is Not Always Enough: Pursuing Additional Outreach for Comprehensive Coverage
Engaging in additional outreach activities
Pursuing additional outreach strategies
Support from the SEA
Facilitating Applications and Enrollment
Simplifying forms for parents
Expanding access to forms
Expanding sign-up periods
Creating a master calendar
Maximizing enrollment (SES only)
Support from the SEA
5.  Implementing Public School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services (SES)
Implementing Public School Choice: Selected Aspects
Getting a head start
Coordinating implementation: Using a school choice office
Providing transportation effectively
Helping students adjust to new schools
Support from the SEA
Implementing SES: Selected Aspects
Managing SES at the school level
Developing student learning plans effectively
Facilitating transportation to and from SES programs
Facilitating SES from an administrative perspective: Using data management systems
Combating attrition and low attendance
Support from the SEA
Districts, Schools, and SES Providers Working Together
Communicating, communicating, communicating!
Connecting providers and schools
Support from the SEA
6.  Additional Resources

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