school choice

noun

US : a program or policy in which students are given the choice to attend a school other than their district's public school (as at a charter school, private school, home school, or at a public school in a different district)
Voucher plans were adopted largely as a last resort, an effort to guarantee a semblance of school choice for low-income minority students in failing inner-city schools.Jeffrey Rosen
To be sure, even their most enthusiastic defenders acknowledge that many public schools, especially in big cities are riven with serious problems. The debate over "school choice" and tax vouchers for private schools illustrates the widespread discontent with public schools.Dirk Johnson

Examples of school choice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the national debate around school vouchers plays out across the country, the Cornhusker State is in a heated tug-of-war between school choice supporters and public school advocates over the passage of the Opportunity Scholarship Act in 2023. Maya Marchel Hoff, USA TODAY, 3 July 2024 Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended the need for school choice in the U.S., stating that the lack of school freedom primarily negatively impacts low-income minority students. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 22 June 2024 By adding charter schools to the state constitution, Advance Colorado argues lawmakers would have to get a vote of the people to make changes and the state supreme court would be required to review any law infringing on school choice. Joe Mueller | The Center Square, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 20 June 2024 The historic agreement promised to meet the demand for school choice by adding 2,737 seats for Hartford students in magnet programs and surrounding districts. Alison Cross, Hartford Courant, 10 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for school choice 

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Word History

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of school choice was in 1988

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“School choice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/school%20choice. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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