Monday, July 03, 2006

BoE looking to exit charter oversight

The District's Board of Education has halted accepting new charter school applications and is seriously considering removing itself from the task of charter school oversight.
For the second time in two years, the board agreed to the moratorium so it could study how the 17 publicly funded, independently operated schools it oversees affect its supervision of the 147 traditional public schools. The board put no time limit on the moratorium, which, as emergency legislation, took effect immediately.

The school board also scheduled a public hearing for July 18 to allow Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), the D.C. Council, parents and residents to comment on whether it should relinquish authority over the charter schools. Board members agreed to further research how best the board could turn over the 17 schools to another, unspecified agency, information they will use when they make their final decision in September.

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