The No Child Left Behind Act provides new education options for many families. This federal law allows parents to choose other public schools or take advantage of free tutoring if their child attends a school that needs improvement. Also, parents can choose another public school if the school their child attends is unsafe. The law also supports the growth of more independent charter schools, funds some services for children in private schools, and provides certain protections for homeschooling parents. Finally, it requires that states and local school districts provide information to help parents make informed educational choices for their child.
Descriptions of School Choices
Learn about the full range of choices available under No Child Left Behind and beyond.
- Public School Choice
- Supplemental Educational Services
- Charter Schools
- Magnet Schools
- Private Education
- DC Choice
Tools from the U.S. Department of Education
These databases, books, and brochures can help parents and schools make choice work. They were developed by the U.S. Department of Education, are free and can be reproduced without permission.
Programs and Services
The U.S. Department of Education manages grant programs and provides services that support school choice.
Additional information to help with the school choice process.
- www.SchoolMatters.com (report card data for states, districts, and schools)
- www.GreatSchools.net (information on public, private, and charter schools nationwide)
- Charters and School Choice Webcast
Real Player (161 MB; 59 minutes, 45 seconds)
- New Tools for Parents: Getting Informed and Getting Involved Webcast
Real Player (103MB; 56 minutes, 12 seconds)
- Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, 536 U.S. 639 (2002), Supreme Court Case