Public School Choice
The NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND (NCLB) ACT of 2001 is a federal law to improve education for all children. It holds schools responsible for results, gives parents greater choices, and promotes teaching methods that work. This fact sheet will point out one part of the law important for parents to know.
Under the NCLB law, all schools must make adequate yearly progress. If a school does not make adequate yearly progress two years in a row, in the same subject and grade, the school is identified as in need of improvement. With help from the district and the New York State Education Department, the school must take action to improve the performance of its students. Schools must tell parents how they plan to improve the school and how parents can work with the principal and the teachers to help the school improve.
Field Memos and Guidance Resources
- On May 29, 2013 the New York State Education Department (NYSED) informed the Buffalo Public Schools that it had failed to offer students who attend Title I Priority and Focus Schools Public School Choice (PSC) as required by §120.3 of the Commissioner's regulations. Consequently, BPS submitted a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to the Department on September 27, 2013, which was approved by the Department on November 6, 2013.
- May 29, 2013 State Education Department letter requiring that Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) submit Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to address noncompliance with Public School Choice requirements (47KB)
- September 27, 2013 BPS CAP submission (42KB)
- November 6, 2013 NYSED CAP approval letter (57KB)
- Districts with schools in accountability in improvement year 2 status or higher must report their Public School Choice implementation efforts to the Department. Field Memo(August 2011) (19KB)| Data Collection Form(65KB)
- Public School Choice Non-Regulatory Guidance
- Field Memo - Public School Choice, School Improvement, and Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Parent Notification Requirements – Title I and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)34 – Education – Section 200 - (74.96KB) October 2010
- NCLB Waiver of Public School Choice Notice - Request for Public Comment (64 KB)| html June 18, 2010
- Letter to USED requesting NCLB Waiver of Public School Choice Notice (68 KB)| html June 18, 2010
- New 34 C.F.R - Part 200 Regulations Overview Related to Public School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services (64 KB)