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Once A National Model, Now D.C. Public Schools Target of FBI Investigation

For much of the past decade the D.C. school system has been the crown jewel of public policy in the nation’s capital, held up as a national model for education reformers and a shared source of pride for the District’s fractious elected officials.

Many are now questioning whether that confidence was misplaced.

With the revelation this week that one-third of last year’s high-school graduates – more than 900 young men and women – should not have been awarded diplomas because of truancy and other problems, the school system has turned virtually overnight into an embarrassment for the city and its elected leaders, who are publicly re-examining their assumptions about the system’s progress.