School choice generally refers to the opportunity for parents to select an elementary or secondary school for their child that differs from the assigned school that the child would otherwise attend based on where the family lives. School choice is often divided into two major categories—public school choice and private school choice. Both types of school choice programs have proponents and opponents, and both have garnered substantial congressional interest. This In Focus provides an overview of the various types of public and private school choice options that exist and, when applicable, highlights federal programs that directly support choice. It also discusses homeschooling as a school choice option. The In Focus does not evaluate the pros and cons of each type of school choice option or the myriad studies supporting or criticizing them.
“Overview of Public and Private School Choice Options,” CRS In Focus IF10713, January 13, 2022 (5-page PDF)
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