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(DC) The Challenges of High School Choice–and How to Overcome Them
August 22, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Educational choice has value from pre-K through 12th grade, but especially in high school. As shown in the recent Fordham study, What Teens Want: A National Survey of High School Student Engagement, many U.S. students are ill-served by the typical comprehensive high school. Yet, we also know from studies of private and charter school initiatives that outcomes are particularly robust in high schools of choice. Additionally, there is growing support for giving adolescents more pathways through school and into what follows, including myriad versions of college and career choices.
Despite all of that, both the charter and private school choice movements focus primarily on elementary and middle schools. Join the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the American Federation for Children for an exploration of why that is, what keeps high schools of choice from proliferating, and how these obstacles can be overcome. Join the discussion online with @educationgadfly, @SchoolChoiceNow, and #EngagingChoices.