Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Recent housing boom lacks families

DC's awful public school system is being cited by a new Fannie Mae study as one of the reasons why the District's recent development boom hasn't lured many families.
School performance has also driven families out to the suburbs, according to the report, in part because surrounding counties have far outpaced D.C. schools in investment.

Most housing booms are "primarily driven by the fact that those neighborhoods have great schools," said Stacey Stewart, president and CEO of The Fannie Mae Foundation. "Washington's boom hasn't been accompanied by the strengthening of the school system. If we really want to achieve balanced growth, we need to focus on improving the school system."
A couple of points. What exactly do they mean by "outpaced... investments?" Are they trying to claim that DC public schools get less funding than the surrounding Maryland and Virginia counties? If they are, they should really check their facts. A more accurate statement would be
School performance has also driven families out to the suburbs, according to the report, in part because surrounding counties have competent management and don't squander their investment.
There... much better.

From personal experience I'd say that the one-two punch of crappy schools and a backbreaking tax burden are the two things that keep the middle class out of the District. Who wants to have to pay for private school after handing over giant wads of cash to the District gov't (especially when you see so few returns on such a weighty "investment").

More in the Post.

1 comment:

Darth Bush said...

DC's education systems is corrupt. May as well rip it out and start over again.