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D.C. Council schedules hearings on school closures

Mark your calendars: D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has scheduled two mid-November hearings to give the public a chance to comment on school closures in the city, a politically volatile issue sure to draw volumes of testimony.

The hearings are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Monday, Nov. 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The hearing notice says that the council “expects that the Chancellor will have announced proposed school closings the week before the hearing,” giving the clearest sign yet of a firm date for Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to put forth a list of recommended closures.

The council will also hear testimony on the School Boundary Review Act, which would require DCPS to regularly review and adjust boundaries and feeder patterns. The school system’s boundaries haven’t significantly changed in decades.

Folks interested in testifying have until Nov. 13 to sign up. The council expects to fit 50 witnesses into each hearing, and will schedule speakers according to the order in which their requests were received.

Emma Brown writes about national education and about people with a stake in schools, including teachers, parents and kids.

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