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Nancy Grasmick

A primer on school choice

A primer on school choice

One education issue, school choice, took a prominent place during this election year debate. But what exactly is school choice, and can it be implemented in a way that is beneficial to all students, educators and communities? Maryland is often called "America in Miniature." Maryland's experience with school choice might provide a primer for the rest of the nation.

Maryland has had a long history with holding schools accountable for student achievement. Over two decades ago, Maryland, and then the federal government, began mandating school options for students in low performing schools. For example, under certain circumstances, parents were given the choice to transfer...