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Public Charter Schools in the District of Columbia: Hearing Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate

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Public Charter Schools in the District of Columbia: Hearing Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate

by United States Congress Senate

About this title: Original publisher: Washington: U.S. G.P.O.: For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 2005. LC Number: KF26 .A6468 2004b OCLC Number: (OCoLC)57723486 Subject: Charter schools -- Washington (D.C.) -- Evaluation. Excerpt: ...11 With 18 percent of public school students attending charter schools, one of the highest per capita rates in the Nation, Washington, DC has become a leading pro-vider of public school choice. Students who were previously limited by their neighborhoods and economic cir-cumstances now have a multitude of educational options. With the great diversity of choices among charter schools, parents and educators have come to embrace the concept that one kind of educational approach does not fit all students. Parents can now choose between programs that emphasize Math, Science, and Technology, the Arts and Humanities, Language Immersion, College Prep, Character Development, Public Policy and Civic Engagement, while others focus on the critical fundamentals of literacy and math. Schools use diverse instructional approaches including Expedi-tionary Learning, Family / Community Centered, and vocational instruction among many others. There are schools that cater to special needs students, dropouts, and English language learners. Many have extended hours, Saturday classes and man-datory summer preparation. One high school is the first and only urban boarding charter school, located on a state of the art college-like campus in far Southeast. In addition to the fundamentals, students are learning analytical, communication and technology skills in elementary through high school - many skills which were not taught to previous generations of public school students, but are critical for suc-cess in this rapidly evolving global economy. We know of numerous examples of stu-dents who were several grades behind and have since reached grade level with pride and a love of learning. Many who never thought it possible are now enrolled in col-lege, having been pr...

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