D.C. Charter School Could Close Due to Low Performance

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)– Imagine Southeast Public Charter School’s 500 plus students may have to relocate this fall, depending on the outcome of vote by the D.C. Public Charter School Board.

The board says the school is lagging on four of the five goals set in its charter agreement — math and English proficiency, parent satisfaction and daily school attendance.

School performance is reviewed by the board every five years and those that fail to meet expectations can be closed. Imagine has been operating since 2008. The Washington Post reports that the school’s daily attendance is about 80 percent, the lowest of any elementary or middle school in ward 8. Re-enrollment is also low.

A public meeting is set to begin at the board’s Columbia Heights facility at 6 p.m. A vote will follow.

WNEW’s George Mesthos contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.

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