Twenty years ago, Washington, DC, launched a new era in public education when it opened its first public charter schools. These schools have offered parents diverse quality options, and today, more than four of every 10 public school students in the city attend a public charter school.
As DC’s sole charter school authorizer, the DC Public Charter School Board provides oversight to a thriving network of independent, non-profit organizations all working to provide quality public charter schools that prepare students…
As parents, we want what is best for our children. This is especially true for education. I am no different than you in that regard. When my family moved to Washington, DC, the week before school started in 2009, I wanted to continue with the diverse, yet college-track education that my students had become accustomed to in their previous elementary school. Unfortunately, the school for which we were in-bounds was not going to be a good fit for either of my children. I began to look around and was frustrated at my options, or lack of options rather, that close to the beginning of school. Many of the more desirable schools had long waiting lists, and as we were new to the area, we didn’t know anyone to help us pull any strings. Depressed, I searched through the DCPS website and GreatSchools.
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