Giving Parents Options: Strategies for Informing Parents and Implementing Public School Choice And Supplemental Educational Services Under No Child Left Behind
September 2007
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Coordinating implementation: Using a school choice office

In districts where a number of school choice options are available to parents, coordinating implementation of these options may be wise—and in some cases, imperative. To this end, many districts have created a school choice office where responsibilities for administering choice programs are consolidated, including those for public school choice under No Child Left Behind. This strategy may improve implementation by, among other things, avoiding duplication of effort, providing information to parents about options that is comprehensive in scope and consistent across programs, and coordinating transportation.

Making it work

If a district opts to administer public school choice through a school choice office, it should consider whether to include responsibilities for implementing SES in this office also. If a district determines that such an arrangement is not preferable, it should be sure to facilitate coordination between the school choice office and the office that administers SES so that the information to parents regarding all their options under No Child Left Behind is consistent.

For information about coordinating parent outreach on public school choice with that of other choice options, see "Leveraging other school choice options" on p. 19.

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