Charter school admissions could become neighborhood based

WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia officials are considering whether some public charter schools should give neighborhood residents preference in the admissions process.

The Washington Post reports the idea is drawing mixed reaction from charter school leaders. Some say it would diminish their autonomy.

A task force of education officials is expected to make recommendations this fall that could change where Washington's 77,000 public school students attend class. Charter school enrollment is mostly on a first-come, first-serve basis. If demand exceeds space, admission is decided by lottery.

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown says the current system can't last as charter schools continue growing. He says families living near successful charter schools shouldn't have to depend on lotteries to enroll.

Meanwhile, some traditional public schools are under-enrolled and may be forced to close.