The Diverse Schools Dilemma: A Parent's Guide to Socioeconomically Mixed Public Schools

November 14, 2012 - 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Hill Center
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Room 507
Washington, DC 20003
United States
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Many of today's parents yearn to live in or near the lively, culturally vibrant heart of the city—in diverse, walkable neighborhoods full of music and theater, accessible to museums and stores, awash in ethnic eateries, and radiating a true sense of community—neighborhoods like Capitol Hill.

But standing in the way of many parents' urban aspirations is the question: Will the public schools in the city provide a strong education for my kids? To be sure, lots of parents favor sending their sons and daughters to diverse schools with children from a variety of racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. But can such schools successfully meet those students' diverse educational needs?

These quandaries and more are addressed in a new groundbreaking book by the Fordham Institute's Michael J. Petrilli, a Washington-area father who himself is struggling with the Diverse Schools Dilemma. On Wednesday, November 14, at 8PM join him for a conversation about this challenging topic at the Hill Center on Capitol Hill. (Reception to begin at 7:30PM). For directions and to register, visit the Hill Center's website.