District Links: Robert White makes his mayoral bid official; new report delves into why DC families leave public schools; and more | The DC Line

October 13, 2021
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On October 13, 2021, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Exit & voice: Perceptions of the District’s public schools among stayers and Leavers, was cited by The DC Line:

Why some parents leave D.C. public schools.’ Axios’ Chelsea Cirruzzo: “Parents who move their children from D.C. public schools to surrounding jurisdictions cite school quality and housing affordability as major contributing factors to leaving — but what makes a quality school varies widely by household, a new report out today by the D.C. Policy Center found. 

“D.C. Policy Center surveyed parents, including more than 600 in D.C. and more than 800 in the DMV suburbs, between January and February of this year.

” … Many parents surveyed, says Chelsea Coffin, director of education policy initiative at the D.C. Policy Center, had different expectations for school quality in follow-up interviews. These expectations included rigorous academic curricula, small class size, modern facilities, and access to before- or after-school care. Parents who left D.C. public schools were also more likely to mention broad concerns, such as school safety and transportation.” [Axios]

Read the full report by Chelsea Coffin and Yesim Sayin Taylor‘Exit & voice: Perceptions of the District’s public schools among stayers and Leavers’

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