The Public Interest

School choice builds community

Christine Roch , Mark Schneider , Melissa Marschall & Paul Teske

Fall 1997

SCHOOL choice poses a fundamental challenge to the age- old concept of neighborhood schools. So, unsurprisingly, it has been surrounded by intense controversy. Despite this, school choice is spreading. Back in 1987, Minnesota became the first state to approve school choice. Less than a decade later, over half the states had considered, many of them adopting, some school-choice reform. In a handful of cities—New York, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Montclair, New Jersey—school-choice reforms have been in existence for much longer. Many others-Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee—have recently followed their lead.

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