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Obamas Choose Sidwell for Their Girls, No DCPS

The Obamas have chosen Sidwell Friends as the school for their young daughters, Sasha and Malia. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee have wished them well as the First-Family-in-Waiting continues its transition to the White House.

Michelle Obama's spokesperson said that security was a major factor in the family's choice. That had to resonate given the District's terrible week regarding school violence. Rhee appeared before the D.C. Council this week to discuss the violence and other issues.

Share your thoughts about the Obamas' choice of schools in our comments section. If you were in their shoes, what choice would you have made?

By Marcia Davis  |  November 22, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Education  
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I would have been shocked if the Obamas decided to send them to public school. They don't even attend public school in Chicago. Besides, had they enrolled in public school, it would have almost certainly been one of the better off (largely white) elementary schools west of Rock Creek Park so people would have taken issue with that. I'm sure they'll do well at Sidwell Friends.

Posted by: CrestwoodKat | November 22, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Great and good luck to the Obama family.

Posted by: zippergyrl1 | November 22, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Of course it was their right as parents to choose whatever school they wanted. As public/political figures, however, this decision grants me license to smirk mightily (and maybe roll my eyes, too, depending on my mood) every time I hear them say they support public education.

Posted by: kelly5612 | November 23, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Fannie Mae is right across the street. Let's call it multi-tasking...

Posted by: -CN- | November 25, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

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