First Experiment With School Choice Begins

1974

The New York City School System had been divided for years into smaller districts. The district that included the Harlem neighborhood had some of the lowest performing schools in the system. In 1974, a relatively new superintendent wins the support of teachers and principals to launch an effort to let parents choose which public school within the district they want their children to attend. He also implements several other measures such as giving the individual schools more flexibility in determining their programs.