Minnesota has been a leader in school choice – open enrollment, magnet schools, home schooling, a vibrant private school system and the first charter legislation in the country. Minnesota was the birthplace of the charter school movement in 1991.
School choice is highly valued by parents. For individual students and families, it has provided autonomy, flexibility and fit. Several questions, however, arise in the choice conversation. Is the growing school choice movement succeeding at reforming schools and increasing achievement? Has choice created competition that has improved schooling, and if so, by what measures? Has choice re-segregated our public schools? Will increasing choice cause us to abandon attention to the quality of a system of public schools that are supposed to provide for all kids?