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Number of public school districts with more than one school, and among those districts, percentage that offer various school "choice" programs to students within or outside of the district, by selected public school district characteristics: 2011–12

      Percent of districts that offer a school "choice" program in which  
Selected public school
district characteristic
Number of public school districts   Students can enroll in either their assigned school or another school within the district   Students from this
district can enroll in a
school in another
district at no tuition
cost to themselves or
their families
  Students from this
district can choose
to enroll in
a private school using
state or district funds
    Students from other
districts can enroll in a
school within this
district at no tuition
cost to themselves or
their families
 
All public school districts 11,280 29.3 40.5 7.3   45.3
 
District size
2-3 schools 4,310 10.8 40.4 7.1   45.9
4-5 schools 2,690 21.5 43.3 6.4   49.1
6-9 schools 2,310 41.1 38.5 7.3   43.0
10-19 schools 1,220 62.1 39.1 8.0   40.1
20 or more schools 740 74.6 39.0 11.2   44.7
 
Community type 
City 760 73.8 44.3 9.2   47.2
Suburban  2,640 33.9 36.3 6.0   33.8
Town  2,380 28.3 44.7 7.0   51.1
Rural  5,500 21.4 40.1 7.9   48.1
 
District K-12 enrollment
Less than 250 610 10.8 33.4   46.1
250-999   3,200 13.1 43.6 8.1   50.9
1,000-1,999 2,700 19.4 44.0 7.6   47.2
2,000-4,999 2,810 37.9 37.8 6.2   41.2
5,000-9,999 1,070 55.9 34.6 6.9   36.7
10,000 or more 880 71.5 39.1 10.8   42.8
 
Percent of K-12 students in
district who were
approved for free or
reduced-price lunches
 
0-34  3,280 22.3 40.0 6.0   41.3
35-49  2,840 27.1 44.2 8.2   48.8
50-74  3,670 35.0 39.2 7.4   48.6
75 or more  1,290 39.4 39.6 8.9   43.0
     District did not participate
in free or reduced-
price lunch program
200   8.7   24.1   7.1 !   19.1  
                       
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent (i.e., the standard error is at least 30 percent and less than 50 percent of the estimate).
NOTE: Districts with only one school, including single traditional public schools and public charter schools that operate independently of a regular school district, were not asked about school choice. Estimates in this table are based on 66 percent of all districts. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School District Data File," 2011–12.


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