D.C. Voices: On the Public Schools

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty wants to shift oversight of the D.C. public school system to his administration. What do you think of schools in the District? What would you change? Share your thoughts in the comments field below.

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"The buildings are terrible. In D.C. there's no way the schools should look like this. [The District] is an international city. Public schools definitely need to be pushing languages more."

— Omar Kush, parent of Janney Elementary, Deal Junior High students.

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"The two most important issues to me are accountability and parent involvement. Accountability should improve across the board from school officials, administrators to teachers."

— Valerie Dunbar, parent of Janney Elementary student.

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"I don't think this city pays enough attention to public school education. There needs to be some creative ways to fund public schools. Something where you tap into the private sector and not rely on public funding to support schools. We certainly don't have enough money to do what we need to do."

— Serena Wiltshire, two sons and a daughter attend Oyster Elementary.

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"I went to D.C. public schools. Schools now have become modified baby sitters. They don't have a full-time librarian [at Stevens Elementary]. They don't have art programs, no music. I'm trying to find [my daughter] another school."

— Carl Walker, daughter attends Stevens Elementary.

By Timothy Wilson, The Washington Post

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