Unsafe School Choice Option

Identification of Persistently Dangerous Schools

The Unsafe School Choice Option (USCO), Section 8532 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, requires each state receiving funds under ESSA to establish and implement a statewide policy requiring that a student attending a persistently dangerous public elementary or secondary school, as determined by the state in consultation with a representative sample of local educational agencies (LEAs) be allowed to attend a safe public elementary or secondary school within the LEA, including a public charter school.

Victim of a Violent Criminal Offense

In addition to the identification of persistently dangerous schools, USCO requires the state to establish and implement a statewide policy requiring that a student who becomes a victim of a violent criminal offense, as determined by State law, while in or on the grounds of a public elementary school or secondary school that the student attends, be allowed to attend a safe public elementary or secondary school within the LEA, including a public charter school.