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Two D.C. Public Charter Schools Close, One In Jeopardy

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By Kavitha Cardoza

More than 150 students in D.C. will have to look for new schools after two public charter schools decided to close down.

The Academy for Learning Through The Arts couldn't recruit enough students and the Children's Studio School will return to operating as a private entity. And the fate of a third charter school remains in jeopardy.

In a preliminary decision, the D.C. Public Charter School Board voted to revoke the charter for the Kamit Institute for Magnificent Achievers. 165 students attend the 6 through 12th grade school.

Tamara Lumpkin, deputy director with the board, says there is a list of issues.

"There was a concern about the school operating in accordance with it's mission and also in complying with the federal requirements relating to students with special needs."

A board review also found there were not enough text books, inaccuracies on transcripts and students from Maryland recruited to play basketball without paying nonresident tuition. The school can request a hearing before the board makes a final decision.

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