The District is at the epicenter of a recent nationwide explosion in charter schools. Once seen as an experiment in applying “private sector” solutions to public education, charters are now proliferating in many urban– and some suburban– school districts. D.C. now boasts nearly 60 charter schools. We begin a multi-part conversation about the future of the charter school movement in the Washington region.


  • Thomas Nida Chairman of the D.C. Public Charter School Board; Executive Vice President at United Bank
  • Jay Mathews Education columnist for the Washington Post

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