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Nine D.C. charter school applicants to present ideas at public hearing

Nine groups seeking to open new charter schools in the District will present their ideas at a D.C. Public Charter School Board hearing Monday.

The hearing is a chance for charter board members to ask questions before voting to approve or deny each of the nine applications on May 20.

It is also the public’s opportunity to weigh in on the proposals; community members can sign up to testify by calling the charter board at 202-328-2748 by 3 p.m. on Friday.

The nine applicants include eight local groups and one nationally known charter management organization, Connections Education, which is seeking to open a blended-learning high school in Ward 2.

The other proposals include three alternative high schools for at-risk young adults and two Montessori programs for younger children. They also include a Ward 4 middle school; an adult GED program in wards 5 and 8; and a shuttered Ward 7 private school seeking to convert to public funding.

Groups that win approval from the charter board could open their doors to students as early as fall 2014.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 6:20 p.m., at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School at 1100 Harvard St. NW.

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

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