D.C.’s Charter School Boom

By Reihan Salam, National Review Online

The Washington Post’s Emma Brown describes how the expansion of public charter school enrollment in the District of Columbia is shaping the politics of public education:

The city’s traditional public schools hemorrhaged enrollment for four decades before their student rolls flattened out at about 45,000 in 2009. Charter enrollment, meanwhile, has steadily climbed for the past decade. It jumped 10 percent this year, to more than 34,000, or 43 percent of all students.

Disappointingly, local public officials in D.C. don’t seem to have paid close to attention to the experience of New Orleans, which Brown briefly references as the U.S. city that has gone furthest towards becoming a charter school district.


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