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Charter schools seek approval for 10 new D.C. sites

Tuesday - 11/20/2012, 9:27am  ET

WASHINGTON - Three charter school operators are applying for fast-track approval to operate 10 campuses serving thousands of Washington students.

The Washington Post ( http://wapo.st/RPCJML) two operators are applying to open schools in fall 2014.

The applications come as the city's traditional public school system prepares to close 20 schools that are under-enrolled. The closures are likely to give the fast- growing charter schools the opportunity to continue expanding.

Nexus Academy wants to enroll 600 students. It currently partners with Connections Education to run schools in Michigan and Ohio.

Virginia-based K12 Inc. is applying to open a 550-student school in Washington.

The third applicant is California-based Rocketship Education and could eventually serve more than 5,000 students. Charter school board spokeswoman Audrey Williams says Rocketship hopes to open eight campuses between 2015 and 2020.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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