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Recent years have seen the rise of new public school options in many of America’s metropolitan areas.[1] Privately run charter schools, magnet schools that draw their attendees not only from different municipalities but also different neighborhoods, and open enrollment plans that allow children to attend school in another public school district entirely are changing the face of public education in America. The neighborhood public school, which long defined both the primary and secondary educational experience for most Americans, has become only one of many options available.

[1] See Heritage Foundation, School Choice: Greater Opportunities in Education, (last visited May 8, 2007) (discussing current status of school choice in each state); Heritage Foundation, School Choice: Types of School Choice, (last visited May 8, 2007) (detailing various forms of school choice).