Student Re-Enrollment Drops From Closed Schools

August 20, 2013

When D.C. officials announced earlier this year that they would close 15 public schools over the next two years, they promised to work aggressively to ensure that students returned to the school system.

But with one week to go until classes resume, only half the number of students expected to re-enroll in traditional public have actually done so, fueling fears that they may be defecting to the growing charter school system.

According to figures provided by school officials, 44 percent of students at 10 of the 13 schools that closed in June have re-enrolled in a public school. That’s just over half of the 80 percent goal set by D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson when she finalized the school closures earlier this year.


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