Virginia offers families very few school choice options. The state does not support private school choice. It also has not enacted an open enrollment policy, according to the <a href="http://mb2.ecs.org/reports/Report.aspx?id=268">Education Commission of the States</a>.
Public School Choice:
Virginia offers limited choice within the public school system but has not enacted an open enrollment policy to facilitate public school choice.
Private School Choice:
In 2013 Virginia launched the Educational Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credits program. Under this program, individuals and companies can receive tax credits for donating to a nonprofit, scholarship-granting organization.
The Center for Education Reform reports that Virginia has a weak charter school law because only the state school board can authorize charters. There is high resistance to charter schools from the school board. However, the Opportunity Educational Institution was recently created. This Board will identify failing schools and implement improvement strategies, which may mean converting the school to a charter school. As of 2013, 444 students were attending the state’s four public charter schools, according to the National Association for Public Charter Schools.
According to the Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning report, Virginia has a state-led online program, Virtual Virginia (VVA), and several district programs. During the 2012-2013 school year, VVA course enrollment stood at 13,026, an increase of 50 percent from the previous year. While the state has several charter schools, there are no full-time online charter schools.
<a href="http://www.schooldatadirect.org/app/location/q/stid=47/llid=111/stllid=158/locid=47/stype=/catid=-1/secid=-1/compid=-1/site=pes">Click here for detailed information</a> on Virginia's public school system and see below for school choice contacts in Virginia.