D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) told WRC-TV (Channel 4) Thursday morning that his 9-year-old twins will attend public school this fall, fulfilling a campaign promise he made when running for mayor in 2006.
Sons Andrew and Matthew, who are entering the fourth grade, had attended a private school that started in pre-school and ended at third grade. Fenty has long vowed that starting this fall, the boys would join the public school system that he is trying to turn around.
"We have made the decision to send them to public school this year," he told WRC Thursday, responding to a question during his weekly early-morning appearance. "We have fulfilled exactly what I said I was going to do. Most important, we're doing it because we think it's a great school, and it's what's best for the kids."
Fenty, however, was mum on which public school the boys will attend. West Elementary School is the neighborhood school for Crestwood, where the Fenty family resides. But there are reports of Fenty and wife Michelle looking at schools out of boundary.
Last Friday, Fenty was posed with questions from The Washington Post about the matter and he declined to answer, citing the privacy of his sons.
Spokeswoman Mafara Hobson said the boys are not yet officially enrolled though they will be by Aug. 24 when school begins. She also declined to identify the school of choice.
The delayed enrollment could postpone the buzz at whichever school the twins end up attending.