Published Online: September 15, 2009
Published in Print: September 16, 2009, as School Choice

Report Roundup

School Choice

"Matchmaking: Enabling Mandatory Public School Choice in New York Boston"

New York City and Boston offer a wide array of public school options to students, and both cities’ student-assignment systems ensure that nearly every student is placed in a school of their choice, according to a new reportRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader from the Education Sector, a Washington-based think tank.

The analysis, released Sept. 8, also concludes that the school choice programs in both cities could serve as a prototype for other urban districts that are striving to provide more public schooling options to families.

In the 1.1 million-student New York City system, every 8th grader—and there are roughly 81,000 of them—must select a high school, a requirement that has created “choice on a scale unprecedented in public education,” the report says.

Boston’s matching system uses a lottery system in each of the city’s three K-8 zones, which consist of about 30 schools each.

The report is part of the Washington-based groups "Ideas at Work" series, which examines innovations in education. It was written by Thomas Toch and Chad Aldeman.

Vol. 29, Issue 03, Page 5

Related Stories
You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented