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Reviews mixed for Catania's school plan for DC

Monday - 7/15/2013, 11:21am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- D.C. Councilmember David Catania's proposals to overhaul the District of Columbia public school is drawing mixed reactions at hearings with parents and activists.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/13i4BLX ) reports that under Catania's plan, schools would receive more money for students from low-income families who come with greater challenges. And all schools would have to meet performance targets to continue operating.

Catania, the education committee chairman, says the school system is headed for a "death spiral" with its declining share of students. Charter schools are growing in number.

Also in dispute, schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is arguing she needs authority to charter schools for outside operators to run low-performing schools.

Washington Teachers Union President-elect Elizabeth Davis says chartering schools is an excuse not to coordinate with teachers and parents to improve schools.

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


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