Rhee to Pitch D.C. Schools for Kids in the White House
D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee says she would never presume to tell any parent where to send their child to school. But she plans to aggressively pitch the Obama and Palin families on the virtues of the District public schools should they come up winners in November.
Rhee was introduced to Obama briefly in San Francisco a few weeks ago, and regrets that she didn't use the opportunity to talk up D.C. public schools.
"I want to set up a meeting with them [both] and lay out a very compelling argument for DCPS," Rhee told a roundtable of education writers Friday morning at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
There hasn't been a presidential offspring in a D.C. public school since Amy Carter attended Stevens Elementary at 21st and K in the late 1970s. Vice President Al Gore's kids attended St. Albans and National Cathedral schools, while Chelsea Clinton was enrolled at Sidwell Friends.
Rhee closed Stevens at the end of the last school year, so the in-boundary school for Obama's daughters Malia, 9, and Sasha, 6, would be Francis-Stevens, the newly consolidated pre-K through 8 school at 24th and N.
For Palin's 7-year-old daughter Piper, Stoddert Elementary in Glover Park is just a heartbeat away from the vice presidential residence at the Naval Observatory. Hardy Middle School would also be the destination for Willow, 14, while Bristol, 17 would also head to Wilson.
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