Public School Choice (PSC)
Beginning with the first year of improvement schools must offer public
school choice — an important provision of the federal
and Secondary School Act (ESEA) that offers families an alternative
to keeping their student in a low-performing school. PSC is a program
unique to schools that operate a Title I, Part A program.
School Turnaround Takes Time
PSC is available to parents and guardians as long as the school remains
in improvement. Once the school makes it adequate yearly progress goals
— 2 years in a row — public school choice becomes unnecessary and comes
to an end.
The intent of this legislation recognizes the reality that school
turnaround is difficult and takes time. Over the course of a multi-year
improvement cycle, students — all students, which includes learners
with disabilities and English language learners — run the risk of falling
further behind. Public school choice is supplemental to the core programming
schools and districts receive through the state’s basic education allocation.
Letter Templates for Parent Notification and Forms for PSC
SEDL — the National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools —
developed these sample notification letters for districts. Keep in mind that,
once you edit these letters and forms from SEDL, the content might not comply
with federal law.
Strategies for Informing Parents and Implementing PSC and SES
Giving Parents Options (U.S. Department of Education, 2007)
This publication provides ideas and strategies for reaching parents and implementing the public school choice and SES provisions of No Child Left Behind.