In the Loop

Rahm Emanuel's leaving. But what about his kids' school slots?

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is leaving the administration just before the midterm elections.
By Al Kamen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, October 7, 2010; 10:12 PM

America's great cities have their unique, charming cultural idiosyncrasies. In New York, people carefully comb the obituaries, looking to see whether the fine three-bedroom of their dreams, the one overlooking Central Park, might soon be available.

In Washington we focus more on shifting political tides. For example, here's the chat on a local e-mail list, a group mostly for moms, on Sept. 30, the day before the formal announcement that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was heading for Chicago to run for mayor.

The DC Urban Moms (and Dads) forum naturally turned to the topic "Rahm Emanuel departure." Here's how the discussion went:

"Did he have any kids at the local privates?" someone asked. (These are all anonymous.)

"Maret," came the response three minutes later. "Are you hoping for his kids' spots?"

"What grades (?)" the next post asked.

"I bet they stay through the end of the school year," someone wrote, adding: "that's what they did when he joined the administration."

The discussion continued the next morning.

"His kids are at Jewish Primary Day School, not Maret," a poster said.

"The Wash Post said his kids are split between Jewish Primary and Maret," someone corrected. "It also said they would be staying to finish out the school year," he or she added.

With that disappointing news, the discussion drifted to less- important political musings on why he would want to be mayor of Chicago.

"Is it a stepping stone to Gov of IL and then POTUS?" one participant wondered.

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