Three New Adult Education Charter Schools Proposed to D.C. Public Charter School Board

As noted by D.C. LEARNs:

Among the 11 charter school applications received this year by the D.C. Public Charter School Board, three are adult-education charters, including one virtual school, according to this recent story in the Washington Examiner.

Jackie Boddie, the board’s school performance officer, noted a strong need for adult-education programs in the city: “Carlos Rosario [International Public Charter School] has a wait list as long as 10 miles, and other adult-ed programs also have wait lists.”

According to the Examiner, Charter school staff will spend the next five weeks reviewing the applications and interviewing each prospective founder, then hold public hearings March 19th and 20th. Decisions will be announced on April 23.

If all three were approved, this would provide 475 new seats (even if some are “virtual”) for adult education students in Washington D.C. It should be noted, however, that some established District adult education organizations have been denied charters in the past, so it’s far from a done deal that any of these will be approved.

Summaries of each application are available on the board’s website; if you are interested in public charter school funding for adult education, they are worth a read.