Washington, D.C.

School Choice Policies

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.

38–1802.04.(c)(16): Duties, powers, and other requirements, of public charter schools.

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.

38–1802.03.(i)(2)(A-B): Process for approving or denying public charter school petitions.

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

38–1802.08. Reduced fares for public transportation.

Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?

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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.

Education Commission of the States 50-State Comparison

Virtual School Choice

Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?

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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.

Education Commission of the States 50 State Comparison

Are virtual schools required to track attendance?

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Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?

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Private School Choice

Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?


Washington, D.C. statutes allows for Opportunity Scholarships.

38–1853.04.(a): General authority.

Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?


No educational expense tax credits or deductions found.

EdChoice School Choice in America

Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?

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.

38–1853.04(a)(3)(A): General authority.

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.

38–1853.08.(h): Nondiscrimination and other requirements for participating schools.

Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?

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Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?

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Interdistrict School Choice

Do state statutes allow for interdistrict choice?


Section 5-E2106 allows for "out-of-boundary" transfers.

Section 5-E2106.

Are receiving schools or districts required to provide transportation to any students?

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Page last updated: January 2020

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