LEAs receiving funds under Title I are required to make School Choice available to all students in qualifying schools. Students who are enrolled in Title I schools that are in school improvement, corrective action, and restructuring are eligible to transfer to another school in the district that has not been identified for improvement. The LEA is responsible for paying all or a portion of the transportation necessary for students to attend their new schools.
An LEA must offer all students enrolled in these Title I schools the opportunity to transfer to another public school in the district that is not in school improvement. An LEA must make School Choice available for students no later than the first day of the school year following the school year in which the LEA administered the assessments that resulted in the school being identified as in need of school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring. If possible, an LEA should notify parents about their available choices well before the beginning of the school year in which those choices will be available. An LEA must provide an explanation of the School Choice option to all parents of students enrolled in Title I schools that have been identified for school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring. This notification must be in a comprehensive, easy-to-understand format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
At a minimum, this notification must:
- Inform parents that their child is eligible to attend another public school within the district due to the identification of the current school as in need of improvement;
- Identify each public school, which may include charter schools, that the parent can select;
- Include information on the academic achievement of the schools that the parent may select.