Education Choice: The Opportunity to Learn in Different Ways

ed.gov | January 22, 2019

Someone once told me, “You will know you are successful if you can create a school where students line up outside the gates begging to get in, like they do when an iPhone is released at the Apple Store.”So much of what you hear about school choice has to do with funding, accountability or public versus private schools. These are all important conversations on the topic of school choice and should not be ignored. I think it is also important to highlight the other types of school choice that exist. School choice provides students with opportunities to learn in different ways. As an educator and mother, I encourage everyone participating in the robust school choice debate to join together to create new, innovative, and effective models of learning for students. This is an example where a district (with the same funding and accountability) made big changes and gave parents a choice.Several years ago, our superintendent challenged all of our schools to “change the way we do school.” In response, four teachers, one principal, and myself set off on a journey to create our district’s newest school, Design39Campus.

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Advancing postsecondary access and success in the 21st century demands bold and targeted action. American institutions’ mission-driven goals to help break down the barriers for low-income families and communities of color have never been more daunting – nor more vital. The problem isn’t new. Many educational integration and equity trends that scholars and practitioners were addressing twenty years ago are still salient today.

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Advancing postsecondary access and success in the 21st century demands bold and targeted action. American institutions’ mission-driven goals to help break down the barriers for low-income families and communities of color have never been more daunting – nor more vital. The problem isn’t new. Many educational integration and equity trends that scholars and practitioners were addressing twenty years ago are still salient today.

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