The District’s mix of schools — including traditional public, public charter and private — offers parents one of the widest varieties of educational choice in the country, according to rankings a Washington think tank plans to release Tuesday.
Only New Orleans and New York City were rated higher on the Brookings Institution’s Education Choice and Competition Index, which graded more than 100 cities and large suburbs on the policies governing choice and availability of education options, including magnet schools, charters and virtual education.
“The thing that of course stands out about the District of Columbia is that 40, 45 percent of kids are in schools of choice — which is very high with respect to the rest of the nation,” said Grover J. Whitehurst, director of the institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy and a key figure in developing the index.
Brookings ranked Fairfax County30th out of 107 cities and suburban areas. Prince George’s County was ranked 41st; Montgomery County 47th; Prince William 63rd; and Loudoun was tied for second to last.