Giving Parents Options: Strategies for Informing Parents and Implementing Public School Choice And Supplemental Educational Services Under No Child Left Behind
September 2007
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Support from the SEA

As with district parent notices, SEAs can assist other district outreach activities in a number of important ways. For instance, SEAs could develop flyers, brochures, or posters with information on public school choice and SES and disseminate these to their districts. SEAs could also develop general sets of FAQs for parents and lists of questions for parents to consider when choosing a school or SES provider, which districts could then modify or supplement, as appropriate. In activities of this sort, SEAs are again encouraged to solicit the support of their PIRCs.

Perhaps more importantly, SEAs can enhance implementation by setting clear expectations as to the kinds of additional outreach districts should engage in, and as to the partnerships districts may enter into with community organizations and SES providers in the effort to reach parents. As appropriate, an SEA could consider incorporating its expectations in these areas into its district monitoring process.

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