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Common Enrollment, Parents, and School Choice: Early Evidence from Denver and New Orleans - In 2012, Denver and New Orleans launched the first common enrollment systems that covered both district-run and charter schools. Common enrollment, in which there is one application and deadline for a variety of schools for parents to choose, allowed both districts to streamline and make consistent a complex system. However, common enrollment was not a solution by itself, but an improvement of the whole process. (Betheny Gross, Michael DeArmond and Patrick Denice, CRPE, May 2015)...

Balancing the Equation: Supply and Demand in Tomorrow's School Choice Marketplaces - As researchers studied school choice over the years, they learned several things: school choice programs will succeed in improving options for children to the extent they can create a marketplace, policymakers and educators must overcome supply-side hurdles so schools can access financial and human capital, and families need better information on the schools they are trying to choose among so that they can advocate for the best education for their children. (Michael Q. McShane, American Enterprise Institute, April 2015)...

Better Data, Better Decisions: Informing School Choosers to Improve Education Markets - K12 school choice policies' success largely depends on school choosers who may have limited information about their options, limited resources to commit to conducting a search, and limited capacities for processing information and making informed decisions, according to this report. Governments and organizations can help inform families by broadening the set of schools to consider and indicating school performance on school profiles. (Jon Valant, American Enterprise Institute, November 2014)...

Making School Choice Work - A majority of parents now send their child to a public school that is not assigned to them based on their residence, whether they choose a traditional school in another neighborhood, a charter school, or a school in a nearby district. However, many parents - especially the most disadvantaged - still face significant barriers to choosing a school that best fits their children: inadequate information, lack of transportation and uneven school quality. (Michael DeArmond, Ashley Joachim and Robin Lake, Center on Reinventing Public Education, July 2014)...

Education Choice and Competition Index Backround and Results 2013, Executive Summary - To understand the impact of school choice, the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings annually releases an Education Choice and Competition Index of more than 100 school districts based on 13 categories of policy and practice deemed important to choice by the Brown Center Choice and Competition Task Force. The 2013 index reveals substantial stability. New Orleans Recovery District and New York City stayed in place at 1 and 2, earning grades of A and A- respectively, but Denver moved from 24 to 5, earning it a B. (Grover (Russ) Whitehurst and Sarah Whitfield, Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings, January 2014)...

What Works Clearinghouse: School Choice - This What Works Clearinghouse review examines whether student outcomes are affected by policies related to the market for education, including vouchers and charter schools. (What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences, 2013)...

New York City's Small Schools of Choice - The Promising Practices Network calls New York City's 123 Small Schools of Choice (SSC) "promising" because their students are 10% more likely to graduate from high school on time. Originally created to replace underperforming public schools, the SSCs have about 100 students in each grade 9-12. Students are admitted on the basis of choice and seat availability. (Promising Practices Network, April 2013)...

Type of School Attended by Student and Household Characteristics: 1996 and 2007 - Table 239 of the U.S. Census Bureau's Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012. (U.S. Census Bureau, September 2011)...

Reforming Districts Through Choice, Autonomy, Equity, and Accountability: An Overview of the Voluntary Public School Choice Directors Meeting - This paper summarizes the two days of conversation that took place at the Voluntary Public School Choice Directors Meeting, and lessons participants took away from the discussions. Essays by some of the panelists examine issue areas in detail. The conference focused on the most pressing issues faced by localities committed to public school choice. (Center on Reinventing Public Education, May 2011)...

Shifting Risk to Create Opportunity: A Role for Performance Guarantees in Education - The authors suggest that while many school districts are hesitant to hand over schools and school functions to outsiders, the Obama administration's goal of reforming 5,000 of the nation's lowest-performing schools in the next five years would benefit from the services of independent educational entrepreneurs. Performance guarantees, they argue, would establish a standard of performance and provide financial compensation for failed promises and, most importantly, make someone other than the state or district at least partially responsible for outcomes. (Bryan Hassel and Daniela Doyle, American Enterprise Institute, July 2010)...

How Does Information Influence Parental Choice? The SmartChoices Project in Hartford, Connecticut - This parent-friendly web-based search tool empowers urban and suburban parents in navigating their public school choice options in the Greater Hartford area. The SmartChoices site is available in both English and Spanish and covers over 200 public schools and programs in the city of Hartford and 17 suburban towns. (Jack Dougherty and Diane Zannoni, Cities, Suburbs and Schools Project at Trinity College, April 2010)...

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