Good Read: Senators Like School Choice for Their Own Kids. Why Not for Everyone? (Daily Signal)

By Andrew Pillow

The school choice battle is still being waged in the trenches of government. People have strong opinions on both sides. However as Matthew Pelyhes and Lindsey Burke of the Daily Signal point out in their article, this appears to be mostly lip service to their respective ideologies as congressmen on both sides of the aisle take advantage of school choice at a high rate in their personal life.

The Daily Signal runs down the data from the most recent survey available:

  • "Thirty-four percent of senators had at one time sent their children to private school.
  • Thirty-nine percent of Democratic senators had at one time sent their children to private school.
  • Thirty-two percent of Republican senators had at one time sent their children to private school.
Current findings are consistent with previous surveys showing that Congress exercises private school choice at a disproportionately higher rate than average Americans.
Only 10 percent of all students in the U.S. attend private schools, yet well over 30 percent of senators exercised private school choice."

Pelyhes and Burke contend that all Americans should have the same choice those senators did.

Read more here. (Daily Signal)  

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.