D.C. proposes closing neighborhood school, as charter school backers demand access to public property

Here’s our pick of recent news about the privatization of public education in the District and the families, students, and teachers fighting back.

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D.C. proposes closing neighborhood school, as charter school backers demand access to public property. Schools Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee has announced a plan to close Washington Metropolitan High, an alternative school that serves middle and high school students who struggled on traditional campuses. Meanwhile, charter school backers continue to rail on city leaders for not handing over empty public school facilities. The Washington Post

Speciel ed problems at Southeast charter school.
 D.C. education officials are investigating special education services at Ingenuity Prep in Southeast after four fired administrators cited persistent safety issues and blamed the troubles on inadequate special ed services in the lower elementary grades. The Washington Post

Divided perceptions about sectors are narrowing. The divide in D.C.-resident perceptions about neighborhood schools and charter schools has narrowed in recent years. The Washington Post

Mundo Verde inches closer to teacher contract. Teachers and staff members at Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School are a vote away from settling with their bosses on a union contract. The Washington Post

How media turn support for public schools into opposition to children of color. “Minority Voters Chafe as Democratic Candidates Abandon Charter Schools,” blared a recent New York Times headline. FAIR writes: “The article relied heavily on uncontested quotes from charter school founders and leaders, who accuse Democrats who would stop funding new charters of having ‘a lack of respect for black voters in the party’ and ‘writing off years, if not generations, of kids.'” FAIR