Classic regressive behavior - from Chicago, IL station WTTW:
CPS Chief Sends Child to Private School
Chicago Tonight has learned that the new head of the Chicago Public Schools, Forrest Claypool, sends his child to Francis W. Parker, an exclusive, private school in Lincoln Park. Claypool likely would have made the decision to enroll his child months before Mayor Rahm Emanuel tapped him to take over the ailing school system. The CPS Board of Education approved Claypool's appointment to the top job in late July. Parker's deadline for incoming high school students to confirm their enrollment is in March.
Chicago Tonight has reached out to Claypool’s office for comment and has not yet received a response.
During a Sept. 3 press conference regarding the controversy over Dyett High School, a reporter asked if Claypool believes it's relevant for CPS parents to know where his children attend school. "No," he responded. "As I said before, my kids have gone to both public and private school."
Mayor Rahm Emanuel faced similar questions during his first term. His three children have attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Hyde Park, as do those of CPS Board Vice-President Jesse Ruiz. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan also sent his children to the Lab School when he ran CPS, and reportedly will again when his family returns from Washington, D.C. The children of President Barack Obama currently attend the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.
Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson's daughter attends Mark Skinner Elementary School, a Level 1 – or top-rated – CPS school.
We would see a lot of improvement if we made these officials send their children through the same meatgrinder that the other 90% of us have to rely on. There would be a huge improvement in education if we could fire the 10% of the teachers - the worst. Get rid of the unions, they have no place in a public school system.