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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 08/16/2011

DCPS: Ward 3 request for new middle school to be considered ‘systematically’

Will Ward 3 parents get a new middle school to supplement Hardy? (D.C. Public Schools)
Last week, I wrote about how some Ward 3 parents are agitating for a new middle school to be built somewhere west of Rock Creek Park. D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh asked the D.C. Public Schools to look at the issue, and on Friday, Chancellor Kaya Henderson got back to her.

In short, she said, we’ll have a look.

“We share your concerns about the distribution of quality choices,” Henderson wrote, “however, we recognize this as a citywide issue that will best be addressed systematically.”

To that end, city education authorities have engaged the Illinois Facilities Fund — “a well-regarded non-profit community development financial institution” — to study school capacity in the city, with an eye toward an October release.

The full letter:

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