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Students From Closed D.C. Charter School Need Placement

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By Kavitha Cardoza

Public charter school board staff in D.C. are scrambling to help students of Kamit Institute for Magnificent Achievers Public Charter School in northwest, find placements. This comes after a Superior Court upheld the board's decision to revoke the school's charter, effectively closing it down.

Board staff FedEx-ed letters this week to approximately 180 students urging them to attend an enrollment fair there today. 18 traditional and charter schools will be there.

"It is late." That's Nona Richardson, a spokesperson for the board, who says most schools have already opened. She says they have been getting phone calls from worried parents, but they were waiting on the judge's decision.

"We're hoping we can get families to make decisions this week, this Friday so they can actually begin school Monday," says Richardson.

Board members voted to close down the 6th through 12th grade school for several reasons, less than a third of students tested on grade level in reading and math, there weren't enough text books and there were inaccuracies on transcripts. Calls to the school were not immediately returned.

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