We live in a choice state. We have an Open Enrollment law that permits parents to choose the school their child attends as long as the family provides transportation. So one would think we have a strong choice state, right?
The Open Enrollment law works if the school system permits it. Five years ago I was doing some research for some parents and called some area high schools to see if I could get my son into the school. The school secretary asked if he had any behavior or academic issues, including wondering if he was labeled "special education." She said that if he didn't have any pertinent issues the Principal would probably approve his attending that school.
Of course what I was told by the school secretary was wrong. However, many parents don't know what the law says and what their rights are. Plus, quite frankly, many school districts have learned how to play the system to their advantage. My experience in public education has made me realize that some public educators feel threatened by parents. They simply don't know how to involve them in their child's education and they don't want them around. On the other hand, the administrators who have found ways to use parents effectively have created great supporters and advocates!