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District of Columbia schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says better planning is needed to prevent a "cannibalistic environment" between charter schools and traditional public schools.
District of Columbia public and charter school students have achieved their highest marks ever on the city's standardized tests.
Thousands of D.C. Public School students will be going to different schools next year because of the latest round of school closures announced Thursday.
Half of the District of Columbia public schools slated to close were recently awarded grants for their creative plans to improve test scores with funds totaling more than $1 million.
D.C. Public Schools announced that 20 schools and programs will possibly close, most beginning next fall, to better use school buildings and staff resources. A series of public meetings are planned during the next month to give parents and community members a chance to weigh in on the plan.
Incidents of teachers helping students cheat on standardized tests at three D.C. schools is expected to lead to firings.
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