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Court overturns Oak Hill receivership

(Published October 4, 1999)

The problems at the educational center at Oak Hill Youth Center, the Districtís maximum-security facility for juvenile offenders, are not severe enough to warrant placing the facility under court receivership, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled Sept. 30.

"We are not persuaded that the record reveals a sufficient basis for the imposition of this remedy of last resort," the court wrote.

Oak Hill Academy, the school at the facility, has been under the direction of court-appointed receivers since 1986, following a class-action lawsuit brought by juvenile offenders and their families. A special master was appointed in 1997 to oversee improvements to the school.

Last year D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman expressed willingness to have the school system oversee and help improve educational programs at Oak Hill.

The Oak Hill facility is located in Laurel, Md.

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