Nearly 50 percent of District students attend charter schools, which are independent, taxpayer-funded and tuition-free.

In a year of upheaval in the D.C. public school system, what is the state of charter schools in our city? How do their graduation rates compare? And why is the waiting list so long?


  • Ramona Edelin Executive Director, D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools; former Director of the National Urban Coalition; author, "We The Village"
  • Perry Stein Education Reporter, Washington Post; @PerryStein
  • Scott Pearson Executive Director, D.C. Public Charter School Board; @dcpcsb

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