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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says better planning is needed to prevent a "cannibalistic environment'' between charter schools and traditional public schools.

Henderson's comments to The Washington Post came in response to news that a science-themed charter school plans to open this fall across the street from a traditional school that serves the same grades and has the same academic focus.

Henderson says she learned about the charter school's planned opening on Twitter. She says there needs to be "a citywide conversation about how many schools do we need .. as opposed to continuing to allow as many schools as possible to proliferate.''

Charter schools don't have to say where they plan to be located when they apply to the D.C. Public Charter School Board for approval.

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