School Choice

New School Model Lets Students Build Curriculum From Different Providers

Somebody finally realized that kids aren't one-size-fits-all

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Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White has a problem with schools.

They're too confining, he says. They trap kids in chairs, in classrooms, in the narrow bounds of an established curriculum. So White and a handful of fellow revolutionaries have begun pushing a new vision for American public education.

Call it the a la carte school.

The model, now in practice or under consideration in states including Louisiana, Michigan, Arizona and Utah, allows students to build a custom curriculum by selecting from hundreds of classes offered by public institutions and private vendors.