As I mentioned in an earlier rant, almost half the schools across the river in the District of Columbia fall in the NCLB "in need of improvement" category. As a result, the law says the parents of students in those schools have the right to request that their children be moved to another school. However, as of last Friday, only 106 of a potential 33,000 students have filed the paperwork to transfer.

There are undoubtedly many reasons why so many parents in DC have decided not to move their students. But the small number is quite consistent with other school systems around the country – some in the same poor shape as DC – where parents are not taking the transfer option. Maybe, just maybe, the parents in DC and elsewhere would rather see the politicians do something to improve the quality of their neighborhood schools rather than bussing their kids all over town. What a novel concept!