Enrollment at formerly sought-after alternative public schools in Columbus, Ohio, is down, leaving some of them vulnerable to closure. Students are selected by lottery for many of the themed programs, and while some programs remain popular, applications to alternative schools are down 19% from five years ago. Decreasing citywide enrollment and competition from charter schools are partly to blame. Officials say the alternative-school model -- developed three decades ago to stem segregation -- may simply be outdated.
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