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Title I, Part A School Choice, 2016-17 School Year

In the 2016 - 17 school year, LEAs may elect to provide public school choice (Choice) to additional students enrolled in program improvement (PI) schools with paid transportation.

The Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has been reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and takes effect beginning in 2017–18 school year. During the 2016 –17 school year, a transition year to ESSA, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has given states the flexibility to not require local educational agencies (LEAs) to implement several ESEA provisions which include the Choice program.

LEAs must allow students who previously transferred to another public school under the ESEA to remain in that school until the child has completed the highest grade offered in that school. However, for the 2016 –17 school year LEAs may, but will not be required to, offer the Title I, Part A Choice program to any additional eligible students.

LEAs that are offering Choice must set aside a reasonable amount of funds to provide transportation to students who transferred to a non-PI school of choice.

The following links of resources are provided as guidelines to those LEAs that elect to implement the Choice program in the 2016 –17 school year.

  1. Transitioning to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) External link opens in new window or tab.
  2. Frequently Asked Questions for School Choice (Posted June 2016)
  3. Parental Options and Innovative Programs External link opens in new window or tab.
Questions: Lana Zhou | lzhou@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0956 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, June 16, 2016

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