[Homestead] Public school teachers send their kids out of combat zone

Tvoivozhd tvoivozd at infionline.net
Wed Sep 22 17:17:17 EDT 2004

Teachers get shot, stabbed, as do kids. Teachers that can afford it move 
their kids to a safer, better learning environmentl. If you make less 
than $42,000 in Milwaukee, tough shit.---you HAVE to make it a "hotbed 
of reform"---guess that is the intelligent thing to do---move 
insufficient schools back to the sufficiency they once occupied if you 
can't afford an alternative.


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Public schools no place for teachers' kids

By George Archibald

More than 25 percent of public school teachers in Washington and 
Baltimore send their children to private schools, a new study reports.
Nationwide, public school teachers are almost twice as likely as other 
parents to choose private schools for their own children, the study by 
the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found. More than 1 in 5 public school 
teachers said their children attend private schools.
In Washington (28 percent), Baltimore (35 percent) and 16 other major 
cities, the figure is more than 1 in 4. In some cities, nearly half of 
the children of public school teachers have abandoned public schools.

In Philadelphia, 44 percent of the teachers put their children in 
private schools; in Cincinnati, 41 percent; Chicago, 39 percent; 
Rochester, N.Y., 38 percent. The same trends showed up in the San 
Francisco-Oakland area, where 34 percent of public school teachers chose 
private schools for their children; 33 percent in New York City and New 
Jersey suburbs; and 29 percent in Milwaukee and New Orleans.
Michael Pons, spokesman for the National Education Association, the 
2.7-million-member public school union, declined a request for comment 
on the study's findings. The American Federation of Teachers also 
declined to comment.
Public school teachers told the Fordham Institute's surveyors that 
private and religious schools impose greater discipline, achieve higher 
academic achievement and offer overall a better atmosphere.
"Across the states, 12.2 percent of all families — urban, rural and 
suburban — send their children to private schools," says the report, 
based on 2000 census data.
"Public education in many of our large cities is broken," the surveyors 
conclude. "The fix? Choice, in part, to be sure."
Public school teachers in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Chicago, Rochester, 
N.Y., and Baltimore registered the most dissatisfaction with the schools 
in which they teach.
"These results do not surprise most practicing teachers to whom we 
speak," say report authors Denis P. Doyle, founder of a school 
improvement company, SchoolNet Inc.; Brian Diepold, an economics 
graduate student at American University; and David A. DeSchryver, editor 
of the Doyle Report, an online education policy and technology journal.
"Teachers, it is reasonable to assume, care about education, are 
reasonably expert about it and possess quite a lot of information about 
the schools in which they teach. We can assume that no one knows the 
condition and quality of public schools better than teachers who work in 
them every day."
"They know from personal experience that many of their colleagues make 
such a choice [for private vs. public schools], and do so for good and 
sufficient reasons."
The report says the school choice movement has begun competitively 
forcing public school improvement, particularly in cities like 
Milwaukee, called "a hotbed of school reform," where 29.4 percent of 
public school teachers sent their children to private schools, the study 
"Narrow the search to teachers making less than $42,000 and the 
percentage enrolling their children in private schools drops to 10 
percent. Because Milwaukee is a hotbed of school reform, it's possible 
that teachers making less than $42,000 are beginning to favor the public 
school system."
"If so, it might be evidence that choice is having the intended effect 
of spurring improvements in public education there. Or perhaps the 
emergence of [public school] charters has provided another free option 
to lower-income teachers who might otherwise choose private schooling."

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