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Keeping Our Kids Safe, Healthy & In School

Unsafe School Choice Option Policy Persistently Dangerous Schools and Victims of Violent Criminal Offenses

The Unsafe School Choice Option (USCO) Policy was adopted by the State Board of Education to comply with Title IX, Part E, Subpart 2, SEC. 9532 of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The intent of the statute and the New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE) policy is to provide safety and security for students and to prevent unnecessary or extended interruptions to student learning. The policy provides parents the option of transferring their children to safe schools within the district when either:

1) Their children attend persistently dangerous schools, as determined by the New Jersey Department of Education; and/or

2) Their children are victims of violent criminal offenses.

Compliance with the policy is a condition of receiving funds under any and all titles under NCLB. Information on the USCO Policy can be found below.

Government Agencies




Data Collection


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Professional Associations