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Emergency town meeting held to help save Francis-Stevens Education Campus from closing

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Parents at the historic Francis-Stevens Education Campus in Northwest D.C. are waging a full-fledged campaign to get their school off the chopping block.

It is one of 20 schools D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is proposing closing because of under-enrollment.

But PTA and ANC leaders and two D.C. council members attended a town meeting to discuss how to keep the school from shutting down.

The DCPS proposal calls for sending students at Francis-Stevens, which goes from pre-school through eighth grade, to either Marie Reed Elementary School or Hardy Middle School.

Parents say they are not under-enrolled, and that several dozen students were turned away from the early childhood programs there this year. They also don't want to relocate students with vision problems from their low vision program.

Chancellor Henderson is hosting community meetings in wards where school closings are proposed. A DCPS spokesperson says the meeting for Ward 2 is scheduled for December 5.

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