Katie of Constrained Vision toured a D.C. charter school specializing in performing arts.
Describing how students and their families chose WEDJ, (Julia) Doar-Sinkfield put the families in two categories: those who actively chose WEDJ after reviewing all their options in the D.C. school system and those who were just running away from the public schools. She said many parents had noticed the beginning of a problem for their student in the public schools, perhaps some special education need that was not being addressed, and wanted to get the heck out of there. In other words, it wasn’t that they wanted WEDJ specifically; rather, they wanted any school other than the one they had. She believes that it will take some time for more parents to fully understand school choice –w hat their options are, what research and information is necessary to make a good choice, and what great power it all gives them.
Like many charters serving disadvantaged students, WEDJ runs on a longer school day. When the school expands to include a middle and high school, students will have to commit to going to school six days a week, including performances.
Katie is the daughter of Betsy, a blogger who teaches at a successful charter school in North Carolina.