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Waiting List For D.C. Charter Schools Outstrips Available Spots

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There are still empty seats at several District charter schools, despite the waiting list.
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There are still empty seats at several District charter schools, despite the waiting list.

At D.C.'s charter schools, there are thousands of students on waiting lists, hoping to get a spot for next school year. Unfortunately for them, there are way more students than spaces.

The D.C. Public Charter School board says there are more than 22,000 names on waiting lists but only 1,400 seats available.

According to the self-reported data from charter schools, approximately half the names on the list are for spots in pre-kindergarten through first grade. There's also demand for high quality charters ranked "Tier One."

Parents can apply to as many schools as they like, so it isn't clear how many of these names are duplicates.

Forty three percent of students in the District attend public charter schools.

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