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Know this, too: The flame under that cast-iron frying pan is on high because 41 percent of the 76,000 students in D.C. schools are in charter schools. The administration of Mayor Vincent C. Gray claims those students will get a fairer deal when its new point-based policy on charter school facilities comes into play.

See, when it comes to money for charter students and the facilities they use, the D.C. government is bound by law to grant charters a right of first offer, but the city too often turned its back on these children.

But now that the city has a grading system for charter applicants that want surplus buildings, the possibility that school-age children won’t be the primary recipients further fans the flames for the chancellor.

Quoting from The Washington Post here: “We don’t want to turn over a public asset to an institution that’s not going to provide a quality service to the community,” Deputy Mayor for Education De’Shawn Wright said.

Well, begging his pardon, but if “quality” is the operative word, then the doors for most D.C. schools would have been shuttered long ago as evidenced by abysmal standardized test and SAT scores.

At every turn between now and the end of the school year, the chancellor must ask the burning question: Will my decision improve the academic lot of D.C. school children?

Deborah Simmons can be reached at dsimmons@washingtontimes.com.