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Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Obama's Have A Choice, Why Shouldn't Everyone?

Obama Girls To Go To Sidwell
President-elect Obama and his wife have chosen Sidwell Friends School for their daughters, opting for a private institution that another White House child, Chelsea Clinton, attended.

"A number of great schools were considered," said Katie McCormick Lelyveld, a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama. "In the end, the Obamas selected the school that was the best fit for what their daughters need right now."

She said Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, "bring with them a number of security and privacy concerns that come with being part of the new first family — and the school they've selected is positioned to appropriately accommodate that."
I can't say that I blame the Obama's for choosing to send their kids to private school. I wouldn't let mine set foot in most public schools, and most certainly not in Washington, DC. Not to mention the fact that there are certain considerations for Sasha and Malia that the average parent doesn't face. But wouldn't it be nice if Barack and Michelle would support giving all parents a real choice in where to send their children for an education and making public schools compete directly with each other and private institutions?

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