LAUNCH: Exit and voice: Perceptions of the District’s public schools among stayers and leavers

LAUNCH: Exit and voice: Perceptions of the District’s public schools among stayers and leavers

10/13/2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am –

Over 40 percent of students born in the District of Columbia leave D.C.’s public schools before the start of high school, either for private schools or moving out of state. Exit and voice: Perceptions of the District’s public schools among stayers and leavers explores the dynamics behind families’ decision to leave or stay in D.C.’s public schools. In it, we examine the findings of a regional survey of parents about their choice to stay or go. In addition to capturing perceptions of those who stayed in D.C.’s public schools, the report focuses on “Leavers,” or those who once lived in D.C. and did or could have sent a child to a DCPS or D.C. public charter school, but then left either by moving to a nearby jurisdiction or moving their student to a private school.

On Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM, join report author Chelsea Coffin and D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Chelsea Coffin for a frank conversation on the topic of “Leavers,” what new knowledge has been gained about these families, and the implications not only for D.C.’s public education system, but the city’s overall economic competitiveness. Registered attendees will receive an advance copy of the report, with an opportunity for audience Q&A.

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