Originally posted on @ THE CHALK FACE:
My elementary school in a low-income part of Washington, DC needs its community to enroll its children in school. Otherwise, we’re going to have a problem.
In previous weeks, and in weeks to come, myself and others are canvassing surrounding neighborhoods to ensure that students are enrolled in school. Previously, I’ve called this “predatory enrollment.” In the competitive market that is inner city schooling, charters and publics alike are competing for students, hoofing it house to house with duplicitous motives: one, to ensure kids are in school and two, to secure those precious per-pupil dollars.
Our school is currently at 50% enrollment. We need parents to fill out the paperwork. We know they’re coming.
Readers, anyone out there, how do we get parents and caregivers, those that rarely answer the door when we knock, or who are unlikely to be home when we arrive, who seem to forget time…
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