“My family has given up so much so that I could have the opportunity to serve; I didn’t want to try to save the country’s children and our educational system and jeopardize my own children’s education.” -Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education on choosing which schools his children would attend
According to The Washington Post, 38 percent of the members of Congress sent their own children to private school, and 20 percent attended private school themselves.
This is nearly twice the percentage of the general public that has attended private institutions, and some members of Congress seem eager to keep the disparity high.
Despite test results showing participants in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program reading half a grade above their peers in public school, many of the lawmakers whose children attended private schools are trying to kill the same options for the poorest families in D.C.
In the name of “defending public education,” union bosses will threaten and bully until Congress shuts down the school choice program and sends low-income students back to dangerous, academically bankrupt schools.
Many South Carolinians will shake their heads and think this is a real shame, but the same thing is happening on a smaller scale in South Carolina. State lawmakers -with enough resources to pay for some of the best private schools in the state- are refusing to give other parents access to the same opportunities.
South Carolina’s own assortment of semi-union, taxpayer-subsidized bureaucrats ( SCASA, SCEA, SCSBA, etc.) are leading the opposition in the name of “protecting public education.” The irony is that these same groups are maddeningly complacent about decades of epic academic failure.
Elected South Carolina officials need to make a decision about who they are really elected to please, needy parents or incompetent establishment bosses?
Who knows, a good decision here could rub off on Congress.