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As Washington, DC's, school options improve, commutes become more of a headache

from Washington City Paper

Recently, thousands of D.C. families received the results of the MySchoolDC lottery, learning — after weeks of anxious anticipation — what their morning and afternoon commutes will look like next year. Transportation may not be the number one issue on parents' minds as they make their choices, but perhaps it should be. Back in 1969, 48 percent of U.S. kids aged 5 to 14 usually got to school on their own steam — walking or riding a bike. These days, it's more like 13 percent. Kids who get fresh air and exercise on their way to school arrive more ready to learn. Physical activity has been shown to improve attention span, classroom behavior and academic achievement. more

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