Surprise: No DCPS Waitlists for Obamas
On Monday, Politico's Carol E. Lee penned a where-will-the-Obama-kids-go-to-school piece what started with this fun tidbit:
Someone called Lafayette Elementary in Chevy Chase late last week, wanting to know "what the process is for enrolling children who don't live within the school's boundaries.
"The caller gave an address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — the White House — and said there would be two children."
Principal Lynn Main told Lee she took it as a hoax, but the anecdote does raise the question: What exactly would the enrollment process be for the Obama kids, assuming they didn't want to attend their in-boundary elementary, Francis-Stevens Education Center in
Dupont Circle the West End.
For instance, more than one person has suggested that Oyster-Adams Bilingual School—where DCPS Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee sends her kids—would be a strong choice. As would other high-performing DCPS elementaries such as Janney, Eaton, Shepherd, Murch, or, yes, Lafayette.
Would the Obamas have to go through the same out-of-boundary process as anyone else?
LL put the question to Rhee in an e-mail: "I have the discretion to assign kids to schools during the school year," she replied.
In other words, on the rare chance that Michelle Obama opts for DCPS, she can pick any damn school she wants.