Title IX - Unsafe School Choice Option/School Safety Choice Option
The Unsafe School Choice Option (USCO) in Title IX of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), requires that each state receiving NCLB funds implement policies requiring that (i) students attending a persistently dangerous public school or (ii) students who become victims of a violent criminal offense while in or on the grounds of a public school they attend, be allowed to attend a safe public school. In Texas, the USCO policies are designated the School Safety Choice Option (SSCO).
Policy Guidance (PDF, 84 KB)
Determining if a School is Persistently Dangerous (PDF, 33 KB)
Current Persistently Dangerous Schools and Watch Lists (PDF, 9 KB)
Violent Criminal Offenses and Guidance for Victims (PDF, 46 KB)
For additional information, contact:
Division of Federal and State Education Policy
Page last modified on 2/15/2013.