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What is Public School Choice?

Under the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), if a Title I school does not make adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two years in a row, it is said to be “in need of improvement,” and it must offer parents public school choice. Such schools must continue to offer school choice each year until they make AYP for two years in a row. Implementing this NCLB requirement depends on the availability of other schools in the district that are making AYP and their capacity to add students to their enrollment.

If there are no qualifying schools in the district that can accept students, the district must try to make cooperating agreements with nearby districts that do have eligible schools. While a neighboring district is under no obligation to enter into a cooperative agreement, it may choose to, depending on a number of factors, including its enrollment capacity.

* NOTICE for School Year 2015 * and until further notice

ISBE received a waiver from NCLB choice provisions. Therefore, there will be no choice requirements for the 2014-15 school year and until further notice.

1116(b)(13), which requires LEA to permit a child who has previously transferred to remain in the choice school through the highest grade in the school, is not waived. However, the district is no longer obligated to pay for choice transportation. An LEA may continue to use Title I, Part A funds to provide choice-related transportation for students as long as the students continue to be enrolled in the school of choice.”

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