D.C. Plans to Close 20 Schools, Consolidate Students to Others

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Facing a growing challenge from the burgeoning charter school movement, the D.C. Public School system plans to close 20 schools, most of them at the beginning of next academic year.

The plan is to close schools in six of the city's eight wards. Interestingly, in D.C.'s most affluent area, Ward 3, city public schools are generally bursting with students.

In poorer areas of the city, public school buildings are usually under-utilized, because parents are increasingly placing their children in free charter schools.

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