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Parents Confront Obstacles as School Choice Expands

In New Orleans, Denver, and the District of Columbia, it’s the season when families must choose schools for next fall.

But in those cities and others where traditional school boundaries are fluid and more charters and tuition-voucher programs have entered the mix of K-12 options, selecting a school is an increasingly complex endeavor.

Research shows that an abundance of school choice doesn’t guarantee access, and many parents in high-choice cities struggle to find adequate information, transportation, and, ultimately, the right school for their children.