Keeping in line with Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel had a bit of a hissy fit yesterday when a local reporter asked where his children would go to school. He just smiled and said he was elected, not his kids, and got up and left the interview. (Christie, on the other hand, huffed and puffed.)
Obama's kids go to private, too. McGinn's kids go to public school as do/did most of the School Board's children.
I have always said that I believe every parent has to do what is right for their child and only they know the right thing. I don't have a problem with anyone who chooses private school for their child.
Of course, for elected officials, it CAN be a problem because, well, if you are talking about public education as a part of your job and you wouldn't send your own kids to the schools you represent, for some voters it might not look good. Naturally, if you are a billionaire who is trying to be a de facto deputy secretary of education and you send your kids to private schools that give them things that you don't advocate for public school kids, that's also a problem.
I got onto the UW COE's Dean Stritikus' bad side (for many reasons - most obviously by outing his e-mails on TFA) but a claim was made that I said where his kids go to school. (This is an issue that Charlie and I both have to bear: things get said by readers and then attributed to us.) I had no idea Stritikus had kids or where they go to school (and honestly, I don't care because it has nothing to do with TFA). But it shows you how touchy many people get over this issue of public versus private school.