D.C. Officials Reconsider Charter School Admissions

Recommendations expected this fall

By WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio
|  Sunday, May 13, 2012  |  Updated 10:57 AM EDT
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Officials Reconsider Charter Admissions

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D.C. officials are considering whether some public charter schools should give neighborhood residents preference in the admissions process. Published reports claim the idea is drawing mixed reaction from charter school leaders.

A task force of education officials is expected to make recommendations this fall, which could change where the city's 77,000 public school students attend class.

Typically charter school enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis. If demand exceeds space, admission is decided by lottery.

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown says families living near successful charter schools shouldn't have to depend on lotteries to enroll in the school.

Complete story at wamu.org

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