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Public Charter School Board members say scores are low and fights are frequent at Young America Works Public Charter School in Northeast D.C.
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Public Charter School Board members say scores are low and fights are frequent at Young America Works Public Charter School in Northeast D.C.

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D.C.'s Public Charter School Board is revoking the charter of Young America Works Public Charter School in Northeast Washington because of low test scores and violence at the school.

Young American Works Public Charter School, located on Chillum Road in Northeast DC, will have to close by the summer.

The city's public charter school board says it worked with school leadership for months in an effort to correct the school's problems, but saw little progress.

In making its final decision, the board cited school failures to maintain the health and safety of students, provide adequate supplies for students and teachers, and operate in accordance with its own mission statement.

The vocational public school has been open since 2004, and serves 315 high school students.

This is the fifth time the board has revoked a school's charter. Eight other schools have willingly given up their charters.

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