As part of its increased focus on residency fraud enforcement, between October 2017 and April 2018, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education conducted a rigorous investigation of all enrollment and residency records at Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Ellington). OSSE’s annual enrollment audit includes on-site visits to all public schools, both DCPS and public charter schools, as well as publicly funded pre-Kindergarten programs in community-based organizations. Based on concerns encountered during OSSE’s routine, on-site visit to Ellington during the enrollment audit, OSSE took custody of 570 student files and launched a further investigation, above and beyond the annual audit process, specifically into the school.
Read the results of the residency investigation.
On November 9, OSSE released and interim update on the Duke Ellington School of the Arts investigation. Read the Nov. 9 interim update.