Maya Martin Cadogan: Real school choice starts with parent voice | The DC Line

January 30, 2019
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On January 30, 2019, a D.C. Policy Center report on the connections between neighborhood characteristics and boundary school enrollment rates was cited in a commentary by Maya Martin Cadogan:

As DC parents finalize their school preferences before upcoming lottery deadlines, it’s worth resurfacing a recent study by the D.C. Policy Center. It found only one area of the District — the far northwest corner — where a large proportion of families (79 percent) choose to attend their “in-boundary” DC public school, because it feeds into the much-desired Wilson High School. Elsewhere in the city, we see a great deal of mobility from one school to another, with only 26 percent of families choosing their neighborhood school. Instead, most make a mish-mash of choices, playing the lottery or moving about, all in hopes of winning a “golden ticket” to a school that will meet their children’s needs. 

Read more: Maya Martin Cadogan: Real school choice starts with parent voice | The DC Line

Related: Schools in the Neighborhood: Can Neighborhood Characteristics Explain Enrollment at In-Boundary Schools? | D.C. Policy Center

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