The board of education in Washington, D.C. is considering a moratorium on new charter school while the superintendent develops a master plan for the district.
Members said they would use the master plan to assess whether a proposed charter school would fit the system’s overall needs. The plan would determine, for example, whether more vocational, special education or other specialty schools were needed.
Charters aren’t supposed to fit the needs of “the system.” If they can recruit enough students, that’s a sign they’re providing something parents want. D.C. charters are finding it easy to compete for students with the district’s schools.