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Three more schools get public charters

(Published October 4, 1999)

The D.C. Public Charter School Board approved charters Sept. 20 for three of 18 prospective schools seeking charters, including one traditional public school.

Paul Junior High School in the Brightwood neighborhood of Northeast Washington was approved for conversion to charter status in fall 2000. Also receiving charters were Sasha Bruce Public Charter School and Washington Public Charter School of Academic Excellence in Ward 8.

The Paul application was submitted by current principal Cecile Middleton. The application calls for partnerships with consulting firm Booz-Allen Hamilton, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Institute of Mental Health.

The Sasha Bruce application was submitted by Sasha Bruce Youthworks, a nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of social services. The school will enroll students in grades six through 12.

Academic Excellence will enroll 500 students in kindergarten through grade five and will be managed by Advantage Schools Inc., a Boston-based, for-profit management company.

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