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Catania wants DC schools chancellor to explain 'invitation only' summer school

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The chairman of the D.C. Council Education Committee, David Catania, is looking for answers from Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson on a dramatic drop in the number of slots for summer school and published plans to make it available only to certain students.

The Washington Post is reporting the school system is now targeting students lagging behind somewhat in reading for summer school, students who will benefit from the five-week program as opposed to students who are below-grade level.

A retired federal government employee, who has volunteered as a teacher's aide in D.C. schools, Barbara Greene tells FOX 5 she has concerns.

"What's going to be their process to identify those kids that are lagging behind?" she asks.

She also thinks students with problems in math and science should also be allowed in summer school.

Councilmember Catania says it's not too late for the mayor to set aside funds for the summer school program.

Catania points out, "There's a combined surplus of $1.6 billion.”

He also says, "The notion that we don't have the money to give kids the kind of remedial assistance they need, so they can be on grade level to success, just strikes me as wrong."

Catania is holding a schools budget hearing Thursday morning at 10 a.m. The schools chancellor is scheduled to testify.

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