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

Examples of school choice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Challenger Kent Marmon, who embraces school choice, painted Yamamoto as a liberal. Audrey Dutton, ProPublica, 4 June 2024 Right now, Texas has no tax-credit or educational-savings-account programs at all; the only kind of school choice Texas has is among public schools, including public charter schools. Jason Sorens, National Review, 4 June 2024 This year, three Democrats in the Missouri House voted to expand school choice, and Democratic state Sen. Justin Wayne made a consequential vote for school choice in Nebraska. Corey A. Deangelis, The Mercury News, 25 May 2024 According to the Washington Post, a new study from two professors at Stanford University and the University of Southern California finds that segregation in schools is on the rise, and school choice is to blame. Daniel Buck, National Review, 27 May 2024 The influx of money around school choice has the potential to have a significant influence, experts said. Becca Savransky, Idaho Statesman, 20 May 2024 Maryland would be wise to take a page from states such as Florida, Indiana and Ohio, and embrace school choice. David Williams, Baltimore Sun, 29 Feb. 2024 But under the plan, Broward public school students and parents stood to lose magnet programs, school choice or reassignments. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 12 May 2024 Under Trump, the strong economy, low inflation, low gas prices, criminal justice reform, opportunity zones, and support for school choice and policies promoting a secure southern border disproportionately benefitted blacks. Larry Elder, Orange County Register, 9 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of school choice was in 1988

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“School choice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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