Officials Propose Three New Schools for Ward 5

AP | 11/20/2011, 2:27 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia schools officials are offering to create three new middle schools with different specialties in Northeast

According to a local report, the plan was offered on Nov. 16 to parents who have complained about the lack of education options in Ward 5.

The plan involves closing three preschool through 8th grade campuses created in 2008 by then-Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. That concept has been unpopular with parents.

Parents say enrollment in the combined elementary and middle schools isn't high enough to generate enough funding for middle school programs.

The plan calls for opening a new stand-alone middle school for arts and world languages, a preschool through 8th grade school with an International Baccalaureate program and a science and technology middle school in part of McKinley Technology High School.