June 22, 2022

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DC Urban Mothers, the Catty Parenting Web page of Washington’s Elite, Is Now the Topic of Educational Exploration on Segregation


For many years, the blog site DC Urban Moms and Dads has been the most well-liked location for well-to-do Washington parents wanting for suggestions on how to game the the community college lottery method, have interaction Landon-vs.-St. Albans debates, or decide the implications of posters’ decisions on regardless of whether or not to purchase an up-industry stroller. Now, the gossipy web-site has grow to be the subject of academic research, as researchers from the Brookings Establishment and Gallaudet College explore how informal conversations on the well known parenting blog site may perhaps function to fortify the racial segregation of  DC’s general public education and learning procedure. 

The 48-web page report—titled, ‘We all want what’s finest for our young ones,’ Conversations of D.C. general public university alternatives in an on line forum”—was printed Monday. It was prepared by Vanessa Williamson and Jackson Gode of Brookings, and Hao Solar of Gallaudet. Amid the intriguing nuggets in the nuanced report:

The conversations in the ‘DC General public and General public Charter Schools’ forum glow a light on the mechanisms of segregation in the District’s community education and learning program. We uncover that in DC City Moms’ discussions, educational facilities are clustered—by grade, geography, and sector, but also by the racial make-up of the college student physique. These distinct school clusters are talked about employing distinct terminology. We also uncover that within the DC City Moms’ forum a great deal of the local faculty technique is just invisible lots of faculties are never reviewed. Instead, a small portion of the school system—generally, schools with a sizeable white population and universities in rich or gentrifying neighborhoods—receive an outsized share of consideration. The correlation among notice to a college and its racial demographics persists, even within just a gentrifying neighborhood…

Ultimately, a wonderful offer of the action on the discussion board is dedicated to talking about how to leverage the District’s complex college selection process to make certain that one’s youngsters are in one particular of the tiny variety of general public universities considered suitable, a procedure that reinforces the District’s geographic and educational segregation.”

To go through the comprehensive report, click on here.

Senior Writer

Luke Mullins is a senior writer at Washingtonian journal focusing on the individuals and establishments that management the city’s levers of electricity. He has composed about the Koch Brothers’ try to choose in excess of The Cato Institute, David Gregory’s ouster as moderator of NBC’s Satisfy the Press, the collapse of Washington’s Metro method, and the conflict that split apart the founders of Politico.