The Heritage Foundation has updated their report "How Members of Congress Practice Private School Choice".
Based on the survey results, if all of the Members who exercised school choice for their own children had supported school choice in policy, every major legislative effort in recent years to give parents school choice would have passed.Granted, not everyone responded. Wonder why?
The report says that nationally 11.5% of children attend private schools. However:
Over 37 percent of Representatives and 45 percent of Senators responded that they had sent their children to private school;I have absolutely no problem with them exercising choice. I don't have a problem with Mayor Karl Dean having exercised choice. I do have a problem when legislators who recognize their own children need something different will not provide other parents every opportunity to obtain what their children need. Is the goal to have educated children or protect a system that fails them?
I do wish someone would take the time to query our own state legislature before the session begins in January.
Of course some say that we have choices in Nashville. However, when MNPS BOE Chair Marsha Warden writes, as she did in the Tennessean right after Karl Dean was elected mayor, "we have programs for everyone" it's dishonest. We have all sorts of programs but your child's chances of actually getting into one are very slim.
In regard to education, there are two worlds. Those that run the systems and those that are stuck with them.