D.C. Mayor Considers Giving Charter Schools More Preference to Students That Live Nearby

Photo Credit: The Washingtonian

Photo Credit: The Washingtonian

A recent proposal by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) aims to make it easier for children to enroll in charter schools near their home. The proposal would affect an estimated 10,000 students who live more than a half mile away from their assigned traditional school but less than a half mile from a charter school. This would mean that charter schools would for the first time be allowed to offer admissions preference to students within these zones, though they are not required to. If approved by the D.C. Council, the plan would take effect in the 2018-19 school year.

D.C. law currently allows children to have a guaranteed slot in their traditional neighborhood schools with admission to charters that are mostly decided by lottery. Access and school choice are issues that Bowser campaigned on. Just over half of D.C. 90,000 public school students are enrolled in a DC charter school. Read more here.