School Choice In D.C.

School Choice In D.C.

For the 2014-2015 school year, D.C. piloted its first unified school application lottery, incorporating both traditional public schools and public charter schools into a single application process. As parents learn the results of their applications, we explore school choice in D.C.

For the 2014-2015 school year, D.C. piloted its first unified school application lottery, incorporating both traditional public schools and public charter schools into a single application process. While the new system is expected to reduce some of the chaos of multiple applications, the number of slots at the most coveted schools are still far below the number of applicants. As parents learn the results of their applications, we explore school choice in D.C.

Guests

Sam Chaltain

Writer and education activist; author of "Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice" (Spring 2014)

Abigail Smith

Deputy Mayor for Education, District of Columbia

Scott Pearson

Executive Director, DC Public Charter School Board

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