school choice


Definition of school choice

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

First Known Use of school choice

1988, in the meaning defined above

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“School choice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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