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Thousands of D.C. Public School students will be going to different schools next year because of the latest round of school closures announced Thursday.
Half of the District of Columbia public schools slated to close were recently awarded grants for their creative plans to improve test scores with funds totaling more than $1 million.
D.C. Public Schools announced that 20 schools and programs will possibly close, most beginning next fall, to better use school buildings and staff resources. A series of public meetings are planned during the next month to give parents and community members a chance to weigh in on the plan.
Two city departments are squaring off over animals in the classroom.
More students across the D.C. region headed back to school Monday, part of a growing national trend to get kids back in class earlier in the year.
Standardized testing scores in math and reading have improved in the District by 26 percent over the last six years.
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