February 1, 2013

The Jan. 24 Metro article “Council members voice alarm over shrinking school system,” on the flight of District public school students to charter schools, glossed over a troubling issue. The Post mentioned that Johnny Barnes, a lawyer with Empower DC, is seeking information on how school closing decisions are made. Shouldn’t this information be public without requiring a lawsuit?

I applaud District of Columbia Public Schools for seeking parental input in the school closing process. But to follow through on the promise of a more seamless partnership with parents, the system must allow all residents to review school closing procedures. Parents cannot be well-informed advocates for their children unless they know why their child’s school is being shut down or, more positively, why it is remaining open.

Joshua Lipsky, Washington

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