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Fenty Will Send Sons to Public School in Fall

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) told WRC-TV (Channel 4) Thursday morning that his 9-year-old twins will attend public school this fall, fulfilling a campaign promise he made when running for mayor in 2006.

Sons Andrew and Matthew, who are entering the fourth grade, had attended a private school that started in pre-school and ended at third grade. Fenty has long vowed that starting this fall, the boys would join the public school system that he is trying to turn around.

"We have made the decision to send them to public school this year," he told WRC Thursday, responding to a question during his weekly early-morning appearance. "We have fulfilled exactly what I said I was going to do. Most important, we're doing it because we think it's a great school, and it's what's best for the kids."

Fenty, however, was mum on which public school the boys will attend. West Elementary School is the neighborhood school for Crestwood, where the Fenty family resides. But there are reports of Fenty and wife Michelle looking at schools out of boundary.

Last Friday, Fenty was posed with questions from The Washington Post about the matter and he declined to answer, citing the privacy of his sons.

Spokeswoman Mafara Hobson said the boys are not yet officially enrolled though they will be by Aug. 24 when school begins. She also declined to identify the school of choice.

The delayed enrollment could postpone the buzz at whichever school the twins end up attending.

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 6, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, D.C. Public Schools  
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Lafayette is my guess. Why else was he up driving around that neighborhood when he had his fender bender.

Posted by: blankspace | August 6, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

yes, sidwell is now a public school.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | August 6, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

I've been hearing strong rumors about Eaton and their world cultures program.

Posted by: bbcrock | August 6, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Isn't Shepherd ES on Kalmia Road the closest to Crestwoord?

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 6, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Rumors have it that the Fenty twins will go to Lafayette. Seems like a good choice. It's just on the other side of Rock Creek Park from their Crestwood home and has excellent test score of 89% proficient or advanced on their 2008 DC CAS. Lafayette's demographics are 72% white, 19% black and 4 and 5% each Hispanic and Asian.

Posted by: chelita | August 6, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Will they be attending as 4th graders or or as per the basketball league scandal will they be classed with childrn younger then themselves to give them that "Fenty advantage?"

Posted by: SoCali | August 6, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Go Lafayette!! :-)

Posted by: joebananas1 | August 6, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Three percent of Lafayette students are on a free or reduced price lunch.

At West, his in boundary school, 64% of the children are on free or reduced priced meals.

I've tried to get my children into Lafayette (and Eaton, and Janney, etc...) several times via the DCPS lottery.

I congratulate Mr. Fenty on his great luck landing not one, but two spots. Lafayette is a terrific school and it's great to see him finally coming through on his campaign promises.

Posted by: Title1SoccerMom | August 6, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

LOL! SoCali

Posted by: Nick20 | August 6, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Send them to that ufff'd up school you declared me to send my daughter to (which is located very nicely on the campus of Spingarn high school, in a lovely neighbood [please note i'm being SUPER sarcastic here]) after you closed her original elementary school! I was told that was my only choice as the lottery has closed for out of boundary and that was my neighborhood school... Thank goodness I was able to find a Charter School in a much safer area. So I can honestly say, I dont give a damn where you send your kids Mr. Fenty!

Posted by: boo2 | August 6, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Way to go Title1soccermom and boo2. I hear you loud and clear.
I can't help but believe that this move is more about the 2010 election than anything else.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 6, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Who cares where they end up at, there father won't be in office when they graduate in 3 years anyway....

Posted by: ENJOYA | August 6, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Will the Countess Fenty fire all personnel that disagree with his fairchild behavior or will our lady in waiting fire any teacher that takes away his young lads advantages in life? Hope the school admistrators are not threated like the baseball coach. One day a star employee the next fired because he followed the rules that apparently did not apply to our Countess chillin.

Posted by: blkisin | August 6, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

It's infuriating for D.C. parents who have gone through the DCPS lottery and have gotten literally NO options through it for their kids to see the mayor decide to go out of boundary for his kids and simply get to choose the school.

So, he will be able to get his kids a good education of his choosing without paying for private school tuition--or even for real estate in the school's boundary. What a deal!

Posted by: Dupontresident | August 6, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

A gutsy mayor would lead by example and send his kids to the worst school, which would in turn focus attention on that particular school and hopefully improve it.

Posted by: 123cartoon | August 6, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Who cares-where Fenty sends his kids-he's the mayor-he can do whatever he wants. Chancellor Michelle Rhee put her kids in Oyster-Adams Bilingual School-as soon as she got hired. There is a 2 or 3 yr waiting list for that school. People with power & influence can do whatever they want- especially in DC.

Posted by: hefdude | August 6, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

For clarification, Rhee's kids did not have to be on an Oyster-Adams waiting list. That's for out of boundary families. Rhee's ex-husband lives within Oyster's boundaries and the children are guaranteed placement at Oyster as their neighborhood school.

Posted by: chelita | August 6, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this about 2-years later than he said he would do it?

The guy makes enough PR blunders to be the subject of a college course. All 'n all, they better be in the neighborhood boundary school. Folks know he is the mayor and all, but other folks that believe in public school and even those that support his reform plan have been waiting for these spots. Let's watch Fenty start pissing off those folks. I can see his arrogant response/unbelievable lie now.

Posted by: oknow1 | August 6, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

In 2009 he sends his children to public school with a 2010 re-election right around the corner. Oknow1, you hit it on the head: PR, PR, PR.

We all know Rhee will put the children wherever he wants them to go. They are in cahoots. But, as usual, people in power with or without qualifications and credentials get what they want while the people who pay the bills wait, hope and pray.

Posted by: southyrndiva | August 6, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

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