- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - D.C. parents and school advocates say a revised school boundaries proposal is an improvement, but they say the plan does little to address some of the city’s most vexing problems in education.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1qrKXvI ) reports some parents and activists urged city leaders to slow or stop the boundary changes until more schools improve. At a series of public meetings over the past week, parents said their chief concern is school quality. They expressed worries that new boundaries could make it more difficult for children in less affluent areas to get into better schools on the other side of the District.

Some of the most intense opposition came from such neighborhoods as Crestwood, an area east of Rock Creek Park that would lose access to Alice Deal Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School - two of the most sought-after schools.

Christine Churchill, a mother in Crestwood, said it isn’t fair to force families to attend lower-performing schools. Her home would be rezoned for MacFarland Middle and Roosevelt High schools.

“There’s just no comparison in the performance records,” she said at a meeting Thursday at Takoma Education Campus. “It needs to be the professionals and adults that improve the schools … to make them so compelling that we will want go there.”

Robin Appleberry, another Crestwood mother, said she respects her neighbors’ views but is more open to her children going to new schools.

“We can’t just cling to the proven schools,” she said. “If parents like us, stable adults with stable jobs, won’t invest in a new school, then who will?”

Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith said the school boundary proposal can encourage improvement but is not meant to improve school quality on its own. She said new boundaries will give parents a more predictable path from preschool to high school.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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