History of D.C. Schools
Washington’s unique status as a federal city has played out in often-tumultuous struggles over governance of the public schools. Congress created the school system in 1804, two years after the District of Columbia was established as a municipal government. Nearly six decades later, the city opened public schools for African-American children, separate from the system for whites.
The schools have long reflected changes in the city and the nation. The system has operated under various boards, but always with congressional oversight and without an independent state education agency.
Photos: A History of Washington Education in Photos
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DATA ANALYSIS: Dan Keating; GRAPHIC: Laura Stanton - The Washington Post