Executive Director Scott Pearson recently blogged about the facilities inequities between DC Public Schools and public charter schools. At the time of the post, more than 25 buildings sat empty or were scheduled for closure.
Mayor Gray and Deputy Mayor of Education recently took an important and commendable step to close the facilities gap by starting an open process for making the unused buildings available for use.
With more than 22,000 students currently on waitlist to get into charter schools of their choice, the move allows quality charter schools access to the vacant school buildings that can serve the thousands of families currently on waitlists.
“In order to ensure that charters continue to thrive, it is critical that schools have access to suitable facilities for classrooms, cafeterias, and other student spaces,” said Pearson in the posting.
Public charter schools interested in leasing available school buildings should submit a Reuse Inquiry Form by June 30. For more information on the process and to learn what buildings are available, visit this link.