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Back To School Choice: New at Reason

These days, kids are heading back to increasingly varied learning experiences that might or might not include anything recognizable as a traditional school.

Steve Ruark/TNS/NewscomSteve Ruark/TNS/NewscomAround much of the country, back-to-school shopping, preparations, and anxiety are in full swing. And—as with so much in life—demand, innovation, and technology are making the "back to school" experience every bit as diverse as a vast nation full of different preferences and needs could hope for. These days, writes J.D. Tuccille, kids are heading back to increasingly varied learning experiences that might or might not include anything recognizable as a traditional school.

Union officials and policy experts argue over which sort of schools produce better test scores, notes Tuccille. But parents might take test scores into account as only one factor when they're deciding on the right school for their kids. The culture of the school, the degree of flexibility vs. structure, and the teaching style are also important factors. And school priorities don't always match those of parents and kids.

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