When Columbus Board of Education President, Stephanie Hightower, puts her son in a private high school because the lottery wasn't good to her, things can't be good.
Frankie's 2 1/2 and we're shopping for a nonreligious education for her. Tougher than it sounds. Tomorrow night, we'll be investigating our first school, the local public, Medary Elementary. It's a "School in Improvement", or, in other words, failing, according to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Not enough kids passed the 4th grade reading and math proficiency exams. It's not high on the list, unfortunately. We're going to the open house to learn as much as we can and hoping it sounds better than we expect.
October 24th we have an appt with St. Joe's Montessori in Italian Village. If it's a winner, Frankie will actually start school there next year! We'll be hashing out what it means to opt out of a "religion" class (Catholic indoctrination we fear) that will start when she's only 6 years old. We're not terribly optimistic on this one.
In November, we'll be taking a tour of Clintonville Academy which is nonsectarian and seems, at the outset, to be the frontrunner but doesn't start until kindergarten.
Our final option is to get in a lottery when the time comes (kindergarten) and wait until just before the start of classes in suspense to see if Frankie can get into one of Columbus' alternative schools that will accept kids from districts with "Schools in Improvement". Lottery statistics don't bode well for getting the school of your choice.
Do you have to move to a suburb in this country to get a good public education? We'll find out.