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So 284 families per year decide, after school begins, that they actually prefer their neighborhood school to the charter that their kid was accepted into, and pull their child out of the charter? I don't think so.
First of all, the new mobility report only tracks PCS-->DCPS transfers overall, with no specification that the student is going to his or her neighborhood school. Some of those could well be to out-of-boundary DCPS schools or to other special DCPS programs.

Aside from that, In my neighborhood, I know perhaps a dozen children who have started a school year at a sought-after charter school, and I know of two who decided to pull out of the charter school after the school year started, and in their cases, returned to the private schools they had been at previously. Granted, not exactly the same as returning to a neighborhood school, but there will always be families whose expectations about a school turn out not to be a good fit to reality, and in a system where there are options about where to go to school, some will act on it.

There is of course the educational "fit," but some families might decide that the cross-town commute is not going as well as they hoped it would. And some might have a spot open in a more-sought-after DCPS school. So I can believe that 284 families did decide to leave their charter schools for something they felt would be better.

by thm on Feb 12, 2013 1:19 pm • linkreport

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