SDE: Bureau of Choice Programs

Bureau of Choice Programs

Bureau Mission

Choice programs provide an opportunity for all Connecticut students and their families to make public school choices among a range of high-quality educational programs and settings. Public school choice programs maximize the opportunity for each student to achieve his or her highest potential by offering challenging, relevant and rigorous curriculum and instruction. In addition, these programs provide a creative and flexible environment that values each student’s unique abilities, talents, interests and learning styles. Increasing student achievement and reducing racial, ethnic and economic isolation are major goals of these programs. We are committed to closing the achievement gap and ensuring that every student has the opportunity to succeed.

Guidelines for Alternative School Settings

Read the State Board of Education Position Statement on Public School Choice

Glen Peterson
Telephone: 860-713-6915
Fax: 860-713-7021

Education Division Director

Hartford Regional School Choice Office/Sheff

Irma Francis
Telephone: 860-713-6778
Fax: 860-713-7021

Support Staff

Felicia Canty
Telephone: 860-713-6573
Fax: 860-713-7021

CHOOSE SUCCESS! A Guide to Public School Choice for Students and Their Families

Janet Foster
Telephone: 860-713-6561
Fax: 860-713-7021

Open Choice
Interdistict Cooperative Grants

Katie Atkinson
Telephone:  860-713-6773
Fax:  860-713-7021
Non-Sheff Region

Shola Freeman
Telephone: 860-713-6532
Fax: 860-713-7021
Sheff Region


Interdistrict Magnet Schools Program Manager List

Guidance Regarding the Reduced-Isolation Setting (RIS) Standard

Robert Kelly
Telephone: 860-713-6574
Fax: 860-713-7021

Charter Schools


If you require further information, please contact:

Bureau of Choice Programs
Connecticut State Department of Education
450 Columbus Blvd., Suite 506
Hartford, CT 06103

For technical questions, contact the Web Content Coordinator:  Felicia Canty

“The State of Connecticut Department of Education is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons and does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws.  Inquiries regarding the Department of Education's nondiscrimination policies should be directed to the Affirmative Action Administrator, State of Connecticut Department of Education, 25 Industrial Park Road, Middletown, Connecticut  06457, 860-807-2071.”

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