Massachusetts offers its citizens limited school choice options. The state does not have a private school choice program.
Public School Choice:
Massachusetts allows for limited choice within the public education system, permitting both inter-district and intra-district public school choice. However, if the parents wish to send their child to a school outside their district, the districts must agree to the transfer.
Private School Choice:
Massachusetts does not offer private school choice.
The Center for Education Reform reports that Massachusetts has an average charter school law. The charter school law could be improved if the state had independent authorizers of charters and if the cap on the maximum number of charter schools within the state was removed. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools reports that as of 2013, there are approximately 34,000 students enrolled in the state's 80 public charter schools.
According to the Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning report, Massachusetts has one state-led program, one full-time charter school, and district-sponsored programs. The state-led Massachusetts Online Network for Education (MassONE) closed in July 2013, but it provided online opportunities for both students and teachers. The first full-time online charter school opened in 2010: the Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield, which serves students in grades 9-12. Over 40 percent of school districts in the state report having at least one student participating in online courses, for a total of nearly 10,398 students in district-sponsored online learning.
<a href="http://www.schooldatadirect.org/app/location/q/stid=22/llid=111/stllid=324/locid=22/stype=/catid=-1/secid=-1/compid=-1/site=pes">Click here for detailed information</a> on Massachusetts' public school system and see below for school choice contacts and a history of school choice legislation in Massachusetts.