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Group to propose autonomy for Dunbar High in DC

Sunday - 1/12/2014, 1:01pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A group of alumni and parents of Washington's Dunbar High School are developing a proposal to give the school greater autonomy, including making it a selective school based on applications.

Interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Post ( ) show the group is preparing to ask Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to allow greater freedom over the school's finances, teaching staff and admissions. Such a change would likely give Dunbar the ability to turn away the lowest-performing and most-troublesome students.

Dunbar has a rich history. It was the nation('s first public high school for African-Americans when it was founded in 1870, and it produced generations of black leaders. Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton both graduated from Dunbar.

Six D.C. public high schools admit students by application only.


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