Gray to revamp D.C. school admissions

WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray plans to revamp the city’s schools admissions by the Fall of 2015 as there has been considerable debate about the District’s existing school boundaries and student assignment policies.

In addition to a map with new school boundaries, a committee headed by deputy mayor Abigail Smith, has proposed three possible student assignment policy changes. The new plans, according to The Washington Post, have been recently released.

One plan would allow elementary and middle school kids more nearby school options and provide for a citywide lottery for high schools.

The second plan is similar to the existing one in which students go to assigned schools but the possibility of building new schools in areas with overcrowding is included.

The third plan is a combination of plans one and two and would provide for more choices for middle school students as well as a citywide lottery for high schools.

Gray will release a final plan in September 2014.

District parents will be able to weigh in before the final plan comes out but it is unknown whether or not the next mayor will stick with any proposed changes.

WTOP’s Mike Murillo contributed to this report.

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