Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56SUMMARY OF PROPOSALS | 16 Current Status Several districts, including the greater Hartford area and New Haven, have substantially expanded the number of magnet programs in which schools specialize and offer unique opportunities to students living in those districts and to students from surrounding towns who want to be a part of those programs. These high-quality programs are often over-enrolled. In some districts, students are able to participate in specialized programs in other districts. ACTION STEPS 4 State laws to support and encourage collaboration between districts will increase opportunities for students. 4 Boards of Education will share resources and educate parents and students about learning opportunities in and around their communities. 4 Expand enrollments at public schools of choice that have waiting lists. Research suggests that when students attend their first choice school they are more likely to succeed in high school and attend college. 4 Revise and fully fund cost for school choice option. 4 Make more flexible the current Department of Labor regulations and guidelines that are related to student internships and “on the job” learning experiences. For specific recommendations on Offer More Options and Choices see Appendix pages 41-42. ◆ Public school choice policies. Students will be able to attend the school that best meets their learning needs. ◆ Online and dual enrollment courses provide students with opportunities to enhance and enrich their learning experiences. They also provide schools with opportunities to meet students’ requests for courses not offered in their program of studies. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY | 16