From the Field

A Guide to Unifying Enrollment: The What, Why, and How for Those Considering It

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As urban education landscapes grow more complex, families need help making sense of their public school options, both district and charter. The guide, developed by Betheny Gross and Christine Campbell at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, helps city education leaders better understand the benefits and costs of a fully unified enrollment system. It outlines the questions decision-makers should ask before initiating enrollment system changes that affect families and both district and charter schools.

Given that education, governance, and political landscapes vary significantly across cities, each city’s effort will begin at different points along a spectrum and will look different as it progresses. This guide was inspired by the questions commonly asked by cities considering changes to their enrollment systems and draws from CRPE research on several cities at different stages of implementation.