Thursday, November 21, 2013

DC Rolls Out Single Lottery System For Charter And Public Schools

From The Washington Post, "D.C. preparing a new unified enrollment lottery for its traditional and charter schools" by Emma Brown:
The majority of the District’s charter schools and all of the city’s traditional public schools plan to participate in a single, unified lottery to determine enrollment for next fall, a shift education officials hope will streamline what has often been a frustrating and chaotic process for families.
In the past, each of the District’s charter schools had its own application process and ran its own lottery to determine enrollment when demand exceeded slots. The traditional school system conducted a separate lottery for admission to preschool programs, selective high schools and out-of-boundary schools.
Families can find details about the new lottery at, a centralized clearinghouse for information about school enrollment. Starting Dec. 16, parents will be able to fill out an application on the Web site that lets them rank their preference among up to 12 schools.

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