School choice is “the new normal in urban education,” concludes Making School Choice Work. The majority of parents in eight cities actively choose a district or charter school for their children, a Center on Reinventing Public Education survey finds.
However, “parents face significant barriers to choosing schools, including inadequate information, transportation, and lack of quality options,” CRPE concludes. Both the district and charter sectors can be difficult for parents to navigate.
Responsibility is divided between school districts, charter school authorizers and state agencies, “weakening accountability and making it difficult for leaders to address the challenges facing parents.”