Busting the Myth of 'One Size Fits All’ Public Education

The current dialogue about school choice is focused on charter schools, vouchers and the overall diversion of taxpayer monies to private entities, and it misses a fundamental reality: most public school districts already offer a wide range of choices to their students. These vary from academic concentrations in specific areas such as the arts or STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) to different career pathways, Advanced Placement courses and more. This report from the National School Boards Association's Center for Public Education examines those opportunities, using data from the federal Schools and Staffing Survey to document the prevalence of various program choices inside public schools and, where possible, compare them to private schools.