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Study: Public Schools Offer Broadest Range of Choices

A new report from the Center for Public Education (CPE) found that public schools offer the broadest range of educational and extracurricular options. CPE is the research arm of the National School Boards Association (NSBA).

Busting the Myth of ‘one-size-fits all’ Public Education” found that public schools offer an abundance of choice in program offerings and school selection. “Extraordinary activities and approaches occur in public schools every day because school boards and school leaders continually devise and employ innovative approaches to help students succeed,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, director and CEO of the NSBA.

Other key findings in the report are as follows:

  • Public high schools offer more educational opportunities, including Advanced Placement, gifted and honors classes, and distance learning opportunities. The vast majority offer access to hands-on college experience and career preparation.
  • Public schools are more likely to offer child care, tutoring, and enrichment opportunities for students. They are also much more likely to have a counselor available to students.
  • Most public school students have the option to transfer to other schools in their district or a neighboring district.

September 18, 2017