Under previous federal law, students enrolled in certain State-designated schools could participate in the Public School Choice program, which allowed families to request a transfer out of a State-designated school. However, now that the federal law has changed, the Public School Choice program is no longer offered to families. Families that received a letter from the New York City Department of Education (DOE) notifying them about the “Public School Choice” program received this letter by mistake.
The Chancellor and the DOE are committed to helping all schools improve by providing resources and supports for improvement, and this commitment is especially clear in schools that have been designated by the State for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI). We recognize that neither student test scores nor school designations fully express the quality of a school. That is why we provide each school with tailored supports—based on the needs of each school community—to make sure every child receives a successful and rich academic experience.
We are committed to our students, families, and educators, and we believe in all of our schools. With the support of families, educators and school leaders, we believe we can achieve equity and excellent for all students in every school.
Here is the updated letter we sent to families on March 22, 2019: