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D.C. Officials Reconsider Charter School Admissions

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Education officials are re-evaluating whether neighborhood residents should be given preference in public charter school admissions.
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Education officials are re-evaluating whether neighborhood residents should be given preference in public charter school admissions.

D.C. officials are considering whether some public charter schools should give neighborhood residents preference in the admissions process. Published reports claim the idea is drawing mixed reaction from charter school leaders.

A task force of education officials is expected to make recommendations this fall, which could change where the city's 77,000 public school students attend class.

Typically charter school enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis. If demand exceeds space, admission is decided by lottery.

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown says families living near successful charter schools shouldn't have to depend on lotteries to enroll in the school.

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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

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The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

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It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

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