Posted: Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Between President Obama’s concentration on education in his State of the Union address and the widely-acclaimed documentary about teacher tenure, Waiting for Superman, eyes all over America seem to be rightfully focused on the problems and importance of education – and on the related school choices that are available to parents.
While school choice is taking center stage on a national level with National School Choice Week, you have the perfect opportunity to bring this important topic back to your own family. Gone are the days when kids and parents had to accept a designated school and stick with it. If you are concerned about your child’s school, you have options that don’t just involve shelling out the big bucks for an upscale private school.
Unhappy with your child’s public school? The first step you should take: Talk to the principal; tell him or her your problems. Don’t just give up. But if the time comes when you decide you’re ready to make a move, go to the school district next (search for a district profile here to track down contact information). Figure out your options. Whether it’s getting an inter or intra-district transfer, receiving vouchers for private schools, or switching to a charter or magnet school – remember, you do have public school choices.
There’s also plenty of research you can do on your own! If you haven’t checked out SchoolFinder yet, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the resource that’s available to you there. You can find out more about your child’s school (like test performance, student to teacher ratio, and what the community thinks about it). Research nearby schools and compare the strengths and weaknesses of each. How does your child’s school rank in the state? Use Education.com’s school ratings based on test scores to find out. Deciding on a new school shouldn’t be taken lightly, but we don’t think it needs to be difficult to find the information you need.
While you’re there, make sure to claim your child’s school – and be the first to find out new information about it. By clicking “This is my child’s school” you’ll be signed up to receive notifications when information about your child’s school is updated. It’s that easy!