Duquesne school district to close the end of the school year

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The oversight board for Duquesne City School District has decided to dissolve the district in its current form at the end of the current school year, according to a letter sent to students and parents today.

As a result, 450 students in grades K-8 will have to go to other districts.

The letter sent by Juan Baughn, chairman of the school district's board of control, states that school district leaders and state education officials have been talking with surrounding school districts about allowing Duquesne students to attend school in their districts beginning next fall. They are exploring options including charter schools as well, according to Mr. Baughn.

High school students already attend either West Mifflin or East Allegheny.

The Duquesne school district has been struggling financially for years, and has been managed by a state-appointed board for a decade. All its students except its fifth graders failed to make adequate yearly progress at every level and on every measure, according to state test results released last month.

Amy Schaarsmith: aschaarsmith@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1719.


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