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Should Obama's Daughters Go Public Or Private?

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There is a heated debate about where the First Kids should attend school. What does the mayor of D.C. have to say about it? And what do you think?

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Dana Iverson, Press Secretary for District of Columbia Public Schools, released the following statement: "The Mayor and the Chancellor believe that every parent, including the Obamas, should make the decision on where to send their children to school based solely on what school is in the best interest of the child. We've gladly discussed the many educational options at DCPS, encouraged them to explore all of the alternatives and in the end will fully support whatever decision the Obamas make." What do you think?

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mary November 13, 2008, 9:27 PM

As a parent whose two children are getting a great education in a public school setting, I do think that the Obama’s should probably go with private school. A private school is better equipped to deal with some of the extra security needs/accomodations for these girls. Also, my understanding is that the DC public schools are not necessarily all that great, and since the girls had been in a private school in Chicago, then they should just continue to access private school for their girls. I don’t take it as a slam against public schools (I work in one!)… I think it is just a reality that a private school can be more accomodating to their needs than a public school can.

Nathan Kolodney November 16, 2008, 11:10 PM

If the public schools are excellent and orderly, of course the girls might go there. If they are not, and the private schools are better (and Obama can afford them, which I think he can) they ought to go to a private school. Just because their dad happens to be president-elect does not change them from little girls to symbols.

We all wait for the day that such questions do not arise. But, today is not the day.

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