In fall 2020, parents found new ways to help their children learn amid uncertain school district plans for school re-openings. The defining feature of the new education landscape emerging from the coronavirus pandemic is that many families are no longer waiting for school-district solutions, and are giving themselves permission to choose how and where their children learn when assigned schools are closed, including finding―or creating―new learning opportunities. Traditional school districts may find empty seats whenever schools return to in-person instruction, demonstrating that school-assignment systems are not only outdated, but consistently ineffective at meeting student needs. The pandemic has underscored the need for state policymakers to re-examine traditional K？12 schooling policies. Chief among them is the school-assignment-by-Zip-Code model of public education―a structural barrier that limits educational opportunity for children from low-income, and even middle-income, families.