Charter School Choice
Do state statutes allow for charter schools?
Are for-profit charters allowed?
A public charter school must be organized as a non-profit.
Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?
No more than 10 charter petitions can be approved by any chartering authority in any given year. If one authorizer has not reached 10 approvals by the end of the year, other authorizers may approve, as long as the total number of approvals does not exceed 20.
Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?
A student attending a public charter school shall be eligible for reduced fares on the Metrobus and Metrorail Transit System on the same terms and conditions as students attending TPS
Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?
We did not find information about charter school teacher certification requirements in Washington, D.C. statutes. However, Education Commission of the States states that Washington D.C. does not have teacher certification requirements.
Virtual School Choice
Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?
We did not find anything about virtual schools in Washington, D.C. statutes. Education Commission of the States states that state law does not allow for virtual charter schools.
Are virtual schools required to track attendance?
Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?
Private School Choice
Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?
Washington, D.C. statutes allows for Opportunity Scholarships.
Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?
No educational expense tax credits or deductions found.
Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?
Yes, religious schools are eligible.
Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?
No cap on the number of students - Secretary of Education may not limit the number of eligible students receiving scholarships.
Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?
Yes - participating schools shall comply with any testing requirements determined to be necessary for evaluation.
Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?
Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?
Interdistrict School Choice
Do state statutes allow for interdistrict choice?
Section 5-E2106 allows for "out-of-boundary" transfers.