Maryland offers its citizens very few school choice options. The state does not offer private school choice.
Public School Choice:
Maryland does not offer public school choice.
Private School Choice:
Maryland does not offer private school choice.
The Center for Education Reform reports that the charter school law is weak because there are many obstacles that charter schools must overcome. Charter schools are poorly funded and face a lot of resentment from the public school board. The National Alliance of Public Charter Schools reports that in 2013 approximately 20,000 children were enrolled in the state’s 52 charter schools.
According to Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning report, Maryland offers three state-led online programs through the Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities (MVLO) program, along with several district-run online programs. However, due to a provision in Maryland charter school law that requires students to be physically present in school, there are no online charter schools. The MVLO program offers three different supplemental online learning opportunities: the Maryland Virtual School, which offers high school courses, online professional development for teachers, and the online High School Assessment, which offers online courses and resources for students in grades 6-12.
<a href="http://www.schooldatadirect.org/app/location/q/stid=21/llid=111/stllid=199/locid=21/stype=/catid=-1/secid=-1/compid=-1/site=pes">Click here for detailed information</a> on Maryland's public school system and see below for school choice contacts and a history of school choice legislation in Maryland.