Angry White Parents vs. the Public School System
May 14, 2021
Elizabeth Walsh, a Washington, D.C. mother of three elementary school aged children, is determined not to become one of those wealthy white families that abandons urban public schools when the going gets tough, as it's been since the coronavirus shuttered schools for 50 million children more than a year ago.
But with the vast majority of students still learning virtually in cities across the country – and upwards of 90% in the nation's capital – she is hanging on by a thread.
"I don't want to generalize, but where we live so many people already have it in their head, 'I'm just using the public school system until fifth grade or fourth grade and then I'm applying my kid out anyway,'" Walsh says about the majority white neighborhood nestled in the northwestern part of the city, where median home prices often exceed $2 million. "I believe in the public school system. I want my kids to go until twelfth grade."