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May 3, 2011

San Francisco gives parents what they really want: school choice.

Bill Jackson:

GreatSchools is headquartered in San Francisco, home of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). And it just so happens that San Francisco Unified is on the vanguard of school choice, allowing and encouraging all parents to make a proactive choice about which of the districts' approximately 160 schools they would like their children to attend.

SFUSD recently completed the "first round" of its school selection process for the 2011-12 school year, and released some interesting information about the process.

Like most districts, SFUSD has the concept of an "attendance area" for elementary schools. Perhaps the most interesting piece of data is that only 23 percent of kindergarten applicants listed their attendance-area school as a first choice. The remainder: 24 percent listed a city-wide school, and 53 percent listed another attendance area school as their first choice.

Other findings:

Posted by Jim Zellmer at May 3, 2011 1:44 AM
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