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DCPS says list of school closings is phony

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Local,Education,Lisa Gartner

A list circulating on neighborhood listservs of D.C. public schools purported to be closing is "inaccurate," a school system spokeswoman said Thursday evening.

"This list is inaccurate. We are a little savvier than to close a school like Cardozo that we are currently building," said D.C. Public Schools spokeswoman Melissa Salmanowitz. "We will have an announcement soon of which schools we are proposing to close for the 2013-2014 school year."

The 38-school list reached residents on the Adams Morgan, Ward 5, and Hillcrest listservs among others on Thursday evening. In addition to the list of schools, the document describes which performance category the schools fell into on a study commissioned by the deputy mayor for education earlier this year. Most of the listed schools are "Tier 4," recommended to be closed or turned around as charter schools by the study.

DCPS closed 23 schools in 2008 and is planning to release a new list of closings this month. Enrollment in the school system has been dwindling for decades, leaving many buildings underenrolled. DCPS is seeking to consolidate its schools to save money.

When asked whether the list represented a potential pool of closings that DCPS had picked from, Salmanowitz said, "We have no idea where this list came from, but it's not from DCPS. We look forward to announcing our proposed consolidations soon."

The schools are listed below. In addition to Cardozo, it includes Anacostia High School, which was just renovated, and some Ward 5 schools that just got new programs.

The circulating list:

Ward 1

Bruce Monroe at Parkview

Cardozo High School

Ward 4

Brightwood Education Campus

Roosevelt High School

MacFarland Middle School

Raymond Education Campus

Truesdell Education Campus

Ward 5

Burroughs Education Campus

Browne Education Campus

Springarn High School

Wheatley Education Campus

Noyes Education Campus

Ward 7

Aiton Elementary School

CW Harris Elementary School

Drew Elementary School

Kelly Miller Middle School

Woodson High School

Davis Elementary School

Nalle Elementary School

Plummer Elementary School

Beers Elementary School

Randle Highlands Elementary School

Ward 8

Anacostia High School

Kramer Middle School

Orr Elementary School

Garfield Elementary School

Stanton Elementary School

Ballou High School

Patterson Elementary School

Hendley Elementary School

Leckie Elementary School

MLK Jr. Elementary School

Hart Middle School

Johnson Middle School

Malcolm X Elementary School

Ferebee-Hope Elementary School

M.C. Terrell/McGogney Elementary School

Simon Elementary School

lgartner@washingtonexaminer.com

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