City Council members and disability rights groups pressed their case against the secretary of education nominee with the senator's staff. A barrage of messages to his offices across the state did not sway him.
Organizers said people in 100 schools participated. Students said the activities were affirming. The District barred coverage of in-school events.
Three of the new schools are proposing to open in September, and two want to open for the 2018-19 school year.