Six charter schools will be allowed to move into fourWashington, D.C., public school buildings for short-term leases under a resolution approved by the Washington school board. The vote marks the school system's latest effort to comply with directives to use space efficiently in the face of declining enrollment. Charter schools, which receive public funds, have been hard-pressed to find suitable buildings in a tight market, paying as much as $50,000 a month to lease commercial space.
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EARLIER: Demand for charter schools in Washington, D.C., is at a high--enrollment has risen an average of 13 percent annually since 2001. If the trend continues, more students will attend charter schools than traditional public schools by 2014. At least a dozen charter schools that opened a few years ago in church basements or vacant shops are pursuing state-of-the-art campuses, a sign that the city's once-fledgling charter movement is maturing. (Washington Post)