Under the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), if a Title I school does not make adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two years in a row, it is said to be “in need of improvement” and it must offer parents public school choice. Such schools must continue to offer school choice each year until they make AYP for two years in a row. Implementing the NCLB requirement depends on availability of other schools in the district that are making AYP and their capacity to add students to their enrollment.
If there are no qualifying schools in the district that can accept students, the district must try to make cooperating agreements with nearby districts that do have eligible schools. While a neighboring district is under no obligation to enter into a cooperative agreement, it may choose to, depending on a number of factors, including its enrollment capacity.
The No Child Left Behind Act provides parents the option to transfer their student to another public school within the district with transportation provided by the district. However, during the time periods noted below, we did not have a school within the district in which any students could transfer. We have contacted neighboring districts to request that they provide us with a school(s) we can offer as an option. No school district has agreed to do so during these school years. Where no viable School Choice is available, the school may move directly to Supplementary Educational Services during the first year of School Improvement for eligible students.