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Grosso Calls For Change To D.C. Charter School Admissions Process

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A task force recommended last year that D.C. charter schools be allowed to voice preference for local students.
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A task force recommended last year that D.C. charter schools be allowed to voice preference for local students.

D.C. Council member David Grosso says he wants to give the city's charter schools the ability to favor neighborhood families during the admission process.

The bill "allowing" charters to use neighborhood preference in the enrollment process if they want to was introduced Tuesday.

D.C. has one of the highest concentrations of charter schools in the country, but as the demand for charters — which use lotteries and accept students from across the city — has grown, some families have complained that they've been shut out of attending schools in their own neighborhood.

Last year, the city commissioned a task force to look at the issue and it found that D.C. should not require neighborhood preference but should give schools the option to implement it.

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