DC Schools Clamoring for Obama Girls

Michelle visits private schools competing for first kids
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2008 2:12 PM CST
Barack and Michelle Obama and two daughters, Malia, 7. and Sasha, 10, wave at the election night rally in Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – The politicos are debating Barack Obama's cabinet, but Washington’s parents are intent on another Presidential speculation: Where will the Obama girls go to school? Michelle Obama toured two of DC’s top private schools last week, and a third top academy is also thought to be on the shortlist. With tremendous prestige at stake for the chosen school, parents and school administrators are calling the Obamas with advice, the New York Times reports.

The choice of schools won’t just affect which DC denizens get to mix with the President on PTA night. It will also reveal much about the Obama’s parenting style. Will they pick Sidwell Friends, the “Harvard” of the pack, or the informal, progressive Georgetown Day? Or the small, intimate Maret? What's surely off the table is public school; the girls went to private school in Chicago and aren't likely to switch course now.