In classic Friday evening news dump, DCPS pwned. More to come.
UPDATE, 5:03 P.M.: LL asked DCPS spokesperson Dena Iverson just how offended Michelle Rhee is that the Obamas chose private school: “Umm, let me find out.”
UPDATE, 5:07 P.M.: Ward 3 Councilmember Mary M. Cheh: “I’m delighted that they’re going to a school in Ward 3, because all of the schools in Ward 3 are excellent,” she says. “They’ve done well for themselves.”
UPDATE, 5:10 P.M.: WCP alum Jake Tapper has the best reporting thus far.
UPDATE, 5:28 P.M.: Here’s what Arthur Delaney, scorned Georgetown Day School alumnus, has to say: “it’s just like picking Hillary for Secy of State: it’s…lame and not change-y”
UPDATE, 5:39 P.M.: Reliable Source is on it! Interesting: “The choice means that the Obama girls will be going to class on two separate campuses in two different cities….Sidwell’s lower school is in Bethesda, Md., and that is where Sasha would be attending second grade. Malia is in fifth grade, and that is part of the middle school at Sidwell. The middle school is located on the same campus as the high school in Northwest Washington, a few miles from the lower school.”
UPDATE, 5:55 P.M.: Mary Lord, who represents Ward 2 on the State Board of Education, wrote a piece in USA Today with board prez Robert Bobb urging the Obamas to consider public schools. Her reaction?
“I’m absolutely thrilled that the Obamas are coming to Washington and that just trumps everything to me. I would have been thrill if they had explored their public school and public charter school option a little more… but at the end of the day, it’s the parents’ call….Clearly what Mrs. Obama saw at Sidwell was seemed like a good fit….I think it’s a combination of academics, of social fit and well as security.”
“At the end of the day, let’s face it, they’re two busy parents and they need one-stop shopping…..They have to be able to completely trust their kids to the educational environment. They’re not going to have a lot of time to go to the school plays, things like that.”
Lord makes what’s to Washington residents probably the most salient point out of all this: “All I can say is if you do your commute on Mass Avenue or Wisconsin Avenue or in Tenleytown or in Bethesda, you better plan some extra drive time.”
UPDATE, 6:20 P.M.: THE OFFICIAL D.C. GOVERNMENT STATEMENT!!!11!!1! “The Mayor and the Chancellor are pleased that the Obamas have chosen a school that they are confident in and look forward to their strong support of the reforms in the District of Columbia Public Schools.”