Obama and D.C. Schools: Addendum
Here are a couple of other voices on the subject that didn't make it into the paper or the blogs. They certainly won't be the last word on this, but they're worth noting.
Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.), who is retiring after six terms and moving back home, said his family will miss Brent Elementary, where his sons attend kindergarten.
"We are thrilled with the experience we've had with D.C. public schools. We're realizing that the public schools in Washington state are not likely to be as good," Baird told my colleague Kevin Sieff. Spoken like a man who's not running for re-election.
"My neighborhood school is a good school, but there are many struggling schools, too," said Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) whose daughter attends John Eaton Elementary School (where presumptive Council Chairman-elect Kwame R. Brown also is a parent).
"Choosing a school for your children is a very personal decision," Mendelson said. "But I will say that the school system is no worse now than it was in 1977," when Amy Carter attended Stevens Elementary.
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| September 28, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
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