DC proposes new school boundaries

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- City officials have proposed a plan that would redraw DC Public School boundaries, something that has not been done in 40 years.

The idea is to focus on neighborhood schools and ultimately, scrap the notorious lottery system. WUSA9 spoke with some local parents about a plan that could go into effect as early as September of 2015.

Jeanne Contardo is a DC mother of two girls, and an education consultant.

"You can't have all of the high quality programming in certain areas of the city. You just can't," she said.

Contardo appreciates the focus of the proposal is to strengthen neighborhood schools.

She told us, "If you develop strategies that would allow families to move together, starting in pre-school and pre-K, moving into elementary school, moving all the way up to middle school, what you get is not just better educated students, you also get strong communities."

The plan calls for the creation of three new middle schools and one that is application-only. All of them, east of the Anacostia River.

"Right in the neighborhood. That's cool. The way it should be," said Geoffrey Jackson, the father of four boys who attend DC Public Schools.

The proposal is an effort to keep families from leaving DC public schools and sending their kids to charter schools, or moving to the suburbs.

Some parents are not convinced. They fear a quality education may not be ensured by putting an end to overlapping boundaries and therefore, multiple school choices.

'I would definitely put my son back into private school," said Bernadette Thomas. "You don't want your kid to be a guinea pig at that local school that's not performing well."

Before the District decides the educational future of its children, a series of public meetings will be held so parents can weigh in.

Critics of the redrawn boundary plan believe its implementation should be put on hold until a new mayor takes office.

For more on the upcoming public meetings, click this link.


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