New answers tagged coded-value-domain
As Richard's comment points out, the issue here isn't the special characters. Domains aren't enforced until time of validation (Validate Features on Editor toolbar), so even if a field has a domain on it you can enter whatever you want to the field. In this case, it appears that the description rather than the value code has been entered. This is evidenced ...
I had to configure the pop up and display the district field.
If you read the usage section here the feature class to feature class can export the domain description. There are tools for loading tables into Domains, they are all discussed here. Finally you can have your text values just use a text field instead of a short!
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