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New rankings show a third of the District of Columbia's charter schools that are subject to annual rankings are high-performing "Tier 1" schools.
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District funding for local services is caught in the middle of the tug-of-war over the budget on Capitol Hill. And cash available to keep services running are dwindling without congressional intervention.
A proposed state constitutional amendment that would have given Virginia more say in establishing charter schools died in a House committee Friday over concerns that cities and counties would wind up footing the bill.
The District of Columbia's public charter schools are expelling students at a far higher rate for discipline violations than the traditional public schools.
District of Columbia school officials say less than half of the city's charter schools employed a school nurse this year.
Three charter school operators are applying for fast-track approval to operate 10 campuses serving thousands of Washington students.
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