Not Many Students Opting for Better Schools

President Bush (search) believes parents should have the right to move their kids from poor-performing schools to better ones. So why are so many students staying put?

Under the No Child Left Behind Act (search), parents have the choice to have their children transferred from bad schools to better ones. But studies show that most parents aren't taking advantage of that.

Education authorities say it's the urban districts with most of the problems and admit that students in those areas don't have much choice for better schools.

"We know that we have problems and we know we need to provide additional resources to many of our schools with sub-groups that are not seeing improvement," said Jack O'Connell, superintendent of California schools.

Last year, more than 1 million inner-city kids who were eligible to move stayed put, and in Los Angeles, only 200 out of the 200,000 eligible to transfer did.

While some parents say it's simply easier and more convenient to send children to schools closer to home, some parents and educators say reasons for the small number transferring is harder to pinpoint.

"It says, perhaps, what the system has defined as success and failure isn't what a parent used to define success and failure. That, in fact, they look at the community they support and the location when they make their decisions," said Debora Ernst of the Los Angeles Unified School District (search).

Many school districts also don't advertise the transfer option to parents; some suspect that's because it's the districts that have to pay to transport students to other schools and that they lose some federal dollars as their attendance numbers dwindle.

Click on the video box above to see the full story by FOX News' Anita Vogel.