This is in addition to the District
closing 20 schools in three wards announced on the 13th.
posted on 11/22/2012 8:26:13 PM PST
by null and void
(America - Abducted by Aliens...)
To: null and void
DC has the same tendency as most school systems to keep buildings open regardless of population shifts and neighborhood declines. Closing schools is always difficult. This was true in my small, southern Indiana hometown, which had three elementary schools, one of which should have been closed years earlier, and it's true in spades here. But there is an added factor in DC: over 40% of the total public school enrollment is now in charter schools. A lot of the traditional, non-charter schools are desperately empty.
I looked briefly for a complete breakdon of DC's k-12 enrollment by traditional public, public charter, private/parochial, and home schools. Couldn't find it. Perhaps someone more familiar with the databases can help. But I think what it would show is that DC is a lot further along in educational reform than a lot of people realize. If all you look at is DCPS stats, the picture is pretty bad (although even among the traditional public schools, a few are turning the corner). But DCPS, with a couple of (hopefully growing) exceptions, are the left-behinds. That's sad, but a reality. Once again, vouchers could transform the syatem pretty quickly. Give the left-behinds some real choices, and let people vote with their feet.
posted on 11/22/2012 9:25:36 PM PST
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