School Choice: Doing It the Right Way Makes a Difference

November 2003

Although "choice" is often discussed as something novel in public education, a variety of options have long existed in American schools. From magnet, alternative, and charter schools through homeschooling and recent judicial acceptance of regulated vouchers, today's public school system provides a growing number of educational options for families. The discussion about "choice" today is as much about "how" and "how much" as it is about "whether."

The National Working Commission on Choice in K-12 Education, chaired by CRPE's Paul Hill, was established to explore how choice works and to examine how communities interested in the potential benefits of new school options could obtain them while avoiding choice's potential damage. This report, produced by the Brookings Institution, summarizes the findings from the Commission.