Support for Parents Through School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services

The No Child Left Behind Act significantly increases the choices available to the parents of students attending Title I schools that fail to meet State standards, including immediate relief-beginning in the 2002-03 school year for schools that were identified for improvement.

Parent involvement is a critical cornerstone of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  The reauthorized legislation clearly focuses on enabling parents to become involved in the education of their children. The Act provides parents with access to school reports cards, information about the qualification of teachers, and school choice options, as well as supplemental services.

Schools will be required to communicate with parents concerning developing improvement and school choice plans.  Opportunities will be extended to attend a public school not identified in need of improvement, which may also include a public charter school, within the school district. The district must provide transportation to the new school, and must use at least 5 percent of its Title I funds for this purpose, if needed.

Guidelines for Districts/Schools

  1. Informing parents of school status
  2. Intradistrict Choice
  3. Intradistrict School Choice Questions and Answers

Visit the website to access information on the parent tool box  http://www.nochildleftbehind.gov/parents/index.html

To access information on frequently asked questions about public choice visit http://www.nclb.gov/next/faqs/choice.html#1

The US Department of Education has established guidelines for supplemental services for parents at the following location: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/SASA/suppsvcsguid.doc

Supplemental Educational Services