Behind the Headline: Charter Schools Still a D.C. Hot-Button Issue

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Charter Schools Still a D.C. Hot-Button Issue
4/5/15 | Washington Post

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D.C. Students Benefit From Mix of Charter and Traditional Schools
Summer 2015 | Education Next

In Washington, D.C., the percentage of students enrolled in charter schools has grown every year for almost 20 years, but this year, enrollment has leveled off at 44 percent, notes Michael Allison Chandler.

A recent 0p-ed by the board chairman and the executive director of D.C.’s charter authorizer has set off a debate about how many charter schools is the right number for the city, Chandler writes.

That op-ed, by Scott Pearson and John “Skip” McKoy, was drawn from an article they wrote, “D.C. Students Benefit From Mix of Charter and Traditional Schools,” which was part of an Education Next forum, “How Many Charter Schools Is Just Right.” Taking the opposing view in the forum was Neerav Kingsland, who wrote “The New Orleans Case for All-Charter School Districts.

In a response to the forum articles, Andy Smarick argued in “Time For a New Non-District Charter Authorizer in D.C.” that D.C. should embrace the New Orleans approach.

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