Schools Chief Proposes Longer Days, Some Closures
WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has proposed a five-year plan that calls for higher-achieving public schools, as well as some school closures.
Henderson’s plan calls raising the citywide math and reading proficiency on standardized tests from the current 43 percent to 70 percent, and increasing proficiency rates at the 40 lowest-performing schools by 40 percentage points. She also wants to boost four-year graduation rates from 53 percent to 75 percent.
The plan also proposes extending the city’s school day.
But Henderson warned that paying for long-term improvements will require closing some campuses. The closures would not occur until the end of the 2012-13 academic year. About 47,000 students currently attend 123 schools in the district, 45 of which have fewer than 300 students.
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