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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 the 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. California, with approval of the ESSA Transition Plan (DOC) by the State Board of Education (SBE) at its May 2016 meeting, has elected to not require LEAs to provide Choice for the 2016-17 school year. However, LEAs may choose to offer the program to additional eligible students in PI schools in the 2016-17 school year.

LEAs must allow students who previously transferred and those who are transferring in the 2016-17 school year to another public school under the ESEA Choice Program to remain in that school until the child has completed the highest grade offered in that school.

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 total amount of funds to provide transportation for Choice students and alternative supports during the 2016-17 school year may not exceed an amount equal to 20 percent of the LEAs Title I, Part A allocation.

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. (PDF)
  2. Frequently Asked Questions for School Choice (PDF; 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, August 11, 2016
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