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SCHOOL DAZE IN ALBANY

March 4, 2005

Although many Albany (New York) school district teachers send their own children to private schools or to better performing public schools outside the district, they strongly oppose education reform, reports the Albany-based Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability.

In a new independent study conducted by the Polling Company, Inc., district teachers strongly oppose the creation of new choices for average Albany families, such as public charter schools and school-choice scholarships.

The survey of Albany City School District teachers also found:

  • At least 83 percent of Albany teachers would oppose a requirement that Albany's teachers send their own children to the school in which they teach.
  • About 72 percent of all school district employees (81 percent of teachers alone) oppose allowing parents, teachers and community groups to create tuition-free public charter schools that would be open to all Albany schoolchildren.
  • About 61 percent of school district employees (68 percent of teachers alone) oppose publicly funded scholarships that would allow students to attend the public or private school of their parents' choice.

Brian Backstrom, Vice President of the Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability, believes that when it comes to giving Albany parents the same educational choices that are given to school district employees, the attitude becomes "do as I say, not as I do."

Source: Press Release, "Albany School District Opposes Choices For Parents While Most Teachers Choose Not to Send Their Own Children to District Schools," Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability, December 20, 2004.

 

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