Connecticut offers limited school choice options. The state does not offer private school choice.
Public School Choice:
Connecticut offers both intra-district and inter-district public school choice to students. However, open enrollment policies vary from district to district.
Private School Choice:
Connecticut does not offer private school choice.
Connecticut has a charter school law, but according to the Center for Education Reform, it is considered weak because only the state board of education can authorize charter schools. This need to receive prior approval makes it very challenging for charter schools to open and expand. According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, there were over 6,000 students enrolled in the 17 charter schools throughout the state in 2013.
According to the Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning report, "Connecticut's high school students have a variety of supplemental online options,” but no full-time options. There are two state-led virtual schools operated by The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC). The first, CT Virtual Learning, had roughly 200 student enrollments in 2010-2011. The second, Connecticut Adult Virtual High School (CTSVHS), had roughly 2,000 course enrollments in 2010-2011. Also, 70 high schools–set up with the Massachusetts-based Virtual High School Global Consortium (VHS)–and the Virtual Learning Academy provide supplemental online courses. In 2010-2011, VHS had nearly 1,400 course enrollments.
<a href="http://www.schooldatadirect.org/app/location/q/stid=7/llid=111/stllid=382/locid=7/stype=/catid=-1/secid=-1/compid=-1/site=pes">Click here for detailed information</a> on Connecticut's public school system and see below for school choice contacts and a history of school choice legislation in Connecticut.