School Bullies Hyde Public Charter School’s approximately 240 middle schoolers are about to get new neighbors: 50 students from the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Choices program, whose pupils have been previously suspended or expelled from the school system. On Nov. 18, Hyde parents learned that the Choices program will arrive next month to the third floor of the Langley building—which Hyde currently rents from the school system. Hyde officials worry about the impact the close quarters will have on operations, enrollment, and, of course, student behavior. “I hope there wouldn’t be any sort of physical confrontations,” says Hyde Principal Don MacMillan. “They are all going to spill out onto the streets at the end of the day.” MacMillan says he was clueless about the move until Choices administrators showed up at the school six weeks ago to inspect the third floor. Hyde parent Patricia Howard-Chittams says the school system has plenty of other places to put its troubled students—including the empty McKinley Tech building, which Hyde was barred from renting last summer. A schools spokesperson declined comment on the matter.
Reporting by Rebecca Charry, Laura Lang, Dave Nuttycombe, and Kelly Riles.
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