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Is DCPS ready to outsource middle schools to charters?

Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson told a D.C. Council committee last week that DCPS hasn’t succeeded in attracting families to its middle schools and suggested that the District should just funnel middle school students to charter schools. What was she thinking?

The Council’s Committee on Education held a roundtable hearing on the plan to revise DCPS boundaries and feeder patterns. According to the Washington Post, many parents at the packed hearing complained about the weakness of middle schools in the District.

DCPS elementary schools have been relatively successful in attracting middle class and affluent families, but those families generally peel off once their children reach the middle grades.

According to The Post, Henderson suggested that “perhaps the city should figure out how to funnel children to charter schools in the middle grades, arguing that ‘they know how to do middle school really well.'”

Council member David Catania (I-At Large), chair of the committee, reportedly bristled at that suggestion. He told Henderson that it was her responsibility to figure out how to improve DCPS middle schools, declaring that he wasn’t “about to outsource middle schools to charters.”

[Continue reading Natalie Wexler’s post at Greater Greater Education.]

Natalie Wexler is the editor of Greater Greater Education. She is a member of the boards of D.C. Scholars Public Charter School and the nonprofit One World Education. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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