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DCPS To Recruit Students From Closed Schools

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DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced last year that 15 public schools in the District will be closing.
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DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced last year that 15 public schools in the District will be closing.

A few weeks after D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced she would close down 15 schools, she says she has a plan to keep students in the traditional school system.

Henderson says she will "aggressively" recruit students from the schools being closed to ensure they enroll in other D.C. public schools. She's set a goal of retaining 80 percent of students from schools closing down.

Some of the strategies include having principals send parents letters about new schools and hosting open house sessions. Teachers will receive an incentive if they help recruit students. In addition, students will create welcoming videos on what makes their school special, and Henderson says central office will provide "enrollment swag" to schools that increase their enrollment.

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