Confused By Your Public School Choices? Hire A Coach

Public school choice options can be overwhelming for parents. As they try to navigate these new education systems, some parents are turning to experts for help.
Source: Roman Muradov for NPR

Erin Roth faced a tough choice in 2015. She needed to select a school for one of her two daughters. And in Washington, D.C., where she lives, she faced a dizzying array of traditional and charter schools from which to choose.

It's a familiar problem for parents in areas with a lot of school choice: charter, magnet, traditional, progressive, project-based, Montessori, STEM, STEAM, immersion ... the list goes on.

So in her search for a public school, Roth did what parents seeking to get into the best private schools have done for years: She hired a consultant.

It's a relatively new job title in the public school realm. But there are now — in a growing number of cities and districts as school choice has expanded nationwide — people who've made it their business, literally, to help parents find the right fit. They offer a range of services at a wide range of prices, but basically they're offering to

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR4 min readPsychology
Part II: How To Get Students Excited About Learning
Rapping Shakespeare? Origami in math class? Out-of-the box ideas to get students excited about learning. Part II of our special series on the achievement gap.
NPR3 min readScience
Meet Allie, One Of The Growing Number Of People Not Having Kids Because Of Climate Change
She is one of a growing chorus of folks opting to forgo having kids because they are worried about the kind of world they'll inherit.
NPR2 min read
Heat Check: Future Nostalgia
Like most things in our century, nostalgia has caught up with us at a bewildering rate. This week's additions to the Heat Check playlist take you back while they push you forward.