Friday question of the day

Public, Private, or Charter School? That is the question. I do not have any children that I know of, nor, despite my mother’s pleas, are any children imminent but I know this is a huge question for young families living in Petworth. Now, I am a product of New York’s public schools. More specifically, I am a product of Long Island’s public schools. I am not a tough guy and fortunately for me, Long Island’s public schools were not too intimidating. Unless you are intimidated by high hair and thick accents. But that is beside the point. The question that I raise to you all is: what are you going to do if or when your children become of school age? Will you send them to public school? I know I am not rich and the thought of sending a future child to a private school seems unrealistic. While my children no doubt will be tougher than I, DC public schools can be dangerous and let’s be frank just downright pretty awful. How can I contemplate sending them to public school? Can I send them to public elementary school or would they still get their asses kicked? What is the alternative? Move to the suburbs? Unacceptable. Send them to a Charter, Catholic or other private school? It really has me baffled. So I ask you: Petworth, Columbia Heights, U Street and Washington DC residents in general – where will have you/will you send your kids to school?

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